Did you avoid eating ice cream this past summer because it causes issues with tooth sensitivity? While an occasional issue with sensitivity is nothing to be concerned about, If you find yourself avoiding certain hot and cold foods because it bothers your teeth frequently, it can be cause for concern.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Your teeth are composed of various layers. The outer covering of the tooth, known as the enamel, can become damaged and show wear and tear. When the enamel is compromised, the inner part of the tooth may become exposed. When the enamel is damaged or the inner part of the tooth is exposed you may experience tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity can also be experienced following certain dental treatments such as a filling, dental crown, or root canal. We will tell you if you can expect sensitivity issues. When you experience unexplained tooth sensitivity it may be caused by:
- Grinding your teeth
- Gum disease
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Receding gums
- Lack of oral hygiene
- Eating foods with high acidic levels
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
Regular issues with tooth sensitivity is a sign that you should visit our office for an examination. In the meantime there are some changes you can make at home. We recommend evaluating the manner in which you brush your teeth. If you notice that you are using vigorous strokes, you may be damaging your tooth enamel. We also suggest using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also invest in toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in Jacksonville Beach, FL to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. We want to help you enjoy your favorite hot and cold foods again soon. We look forward to seeing you soon!