Do You Have A Problem With Sensitive Teeth?
Do you find yourself avoiding extremely cold foods because they bother your teeth? Or does the thought of eating hot and cold foods at the same time cause you to cringe because you know you will experience tooth discomfort? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be experiencing issues with tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is a common sensation that patients experience from time to time. However, when sensitivity persists, it is a warning sign that you may have an issue with your oral health.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
It is not unusual to experience tooth sensitivity from time to time. In fact, it is rather common after certain dental procedures, such as dental crowns and root canals. We will always explain if tooth sensitivity is to be expected following a dental treatment. However, if you find yourself experiencing tooth sensitivity from something as simple as rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth or eating a bowl of ice cream, you may be experiencing a problem with your oral health. Tooth sensitivity can indicate a problem with your tooth enamel, the outer covering of the teeth. Sensitivity can be experienced when the tooth enamel becomes worn or damaged. Persistent sensitivity may also be a sign of:
- A cavity in one or more teeth
- Worn teeth due to grinding
- Exposed tooth root
- Infection inside the tooth
- A cracked or chipped tooth
How Can I Help Tooth Sensitivity?
If you regularly experience issues with tooth sensitivity, we recommend visiting our office to rule out any problems with your oral health. In the meantime, we suggest evaluating how you’re brushing your teeth. Be sure to use gentle motions and avoid vigorous or rough strokes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush as well. A toothpaste recommended for sensitive teeth may also be beneficial. If you have any questions about which brushing technique or oral hygiene tools we recommend, please contact us.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity that has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in New Braunfels, TX to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is going on. See you soon!