Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
Now that December has arrived and the temperatures are cooler in Texas, we know that many of our patients have switched to enjoying hot beverages during the brisk mornings. Do you find that your teeth are extremely sensitive when drinking or eating something with drastic temperatures, such as hot coffee or cold milk in your cereal? If so, you are experiencing a condition that, although common, can be a sign that you may have a serious oral health concern that needs to be addressed. Read on to learn more.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
If you find yourself avoiding foods and drinks with extreme temperatures, you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. While it is not unusual to experience tooth sensitivity on occasion or after receiving a dental treatment, frequent bouts of tooth sensitivity issues are a warning sign that you may have a problem with your oral health. Tooth sensitivity can occur when the enamel of your teeth become damaged. Although composed of the strongest substance in the body, tooth enamel is not indestructible. When the enamel becomes compromised and tooth sensitivity is frequently experienced, it can be a sign you may have a problem such as:
- A cavity in one or more teeth
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Worn fillings or teeth due to grinding
- Gum disease
- Exposed tooth root
How to Help Tooth Sensitivity
Aside from visiting our office to rule out one of the concerns mentioned above, one of the easiest ways to help tooth sensitivity is to be mindful of your oral hygiene habits. Be sure you are not brushing vigorously or using a toothbrush with hard or rough bristles. We recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles and brushing with thorough, yet gentle circular and back and forth motions. You can also use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. If you are unsure of the proper way to brush your teeth, we recommend asking for guidance the next time you visit the office. We are happy to help!
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in The Woodlands, TX to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!