December 27, 2013
Sensitive teeth can react to even the smallest provocation, causing undue pain and suffering. Becoming familiar with the causes of tooth sensitivity can help sufferers pinpoint the roots of their symptoms and seek sensitive teeth treatment from the skilled team at Johnston Dental Care.
The main cause of tooth sensitivity is exposure of dentin, the underlying layer of teeth. Tooth roots reside just beneath the dentin and are highly sensitive to temperature extremes and teeth impact. Whenever a trigger comes in contact with this exposed area, it sets off sensitive teeth symptoms that range from mild to severe.
Teeth can become damaged and dentin exposed in several ways, including:
• Receding of gums
• Cracked or chipped teeth
• Aggressive tooth brushing
• The use of chemical tooth whiteners
• Excessive consumption of acidic foods
• Tooth decay at the gum line or the edges of fillings
Anyone with sensitive teeth knows how painful it can be to bite into something hot or cold. This is just one of the potential symptoms of tooth sensitivity. Extremely sweet or sour foods can also set off pain and discomfort. Acidic foods not only trigger sensitive teeth symptoms but can also make it worse by wearing away tooth enamel. Some people may experience pain when breathing in cold air or when pressure is applied to the teeth. If other symptoms such as pain in the face muscles, heartburn, indigestion or bad breath occur, it could be the sign of a more serious underlying condition and should be discussed with Dr. Johnston and his staff.
There are several ways for those who experience tooth pain to ease the severity of their condition. Two simple home treatments include cutting back on acidic foods and beverages and using toothpaste specifically formulated to desensitize teeth. If symptoms are persistent or severe, a dentist can intervene to provide sensitive teeth treatment. Fluoride helps strengthen weakened enamel while special sealant can be used to cover up exposed dentin and roots. In extreme cases, tooth sensitivity may be caused by a problem in the soft pulp of the tooth, in which case a root canal may be necessary.
Getting treatment for sensitive teeth can help alleviate the constant struggle of trying to avoid painful triggers. A visit to Johnson Dental Care can provide the solution to a lifetime of painful tooth symptoms.
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