Dealing With Sensitive Teeth
At Kewaskum Family Dentistry, we want you to be free from issues with your oral health. Between appointments, it is important to evaluate your oral health to determine if you are seeing any warning signs that may indicate any problems. One issue you may experience is tooth sensitivity. You may feel this when you eat foods that are extremely hot or cold, such as ice cream or coffee. While experiencing tooth sensitivity on occasion can be normal, if you are regularly experiencing this issue it may indicate a problem.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Your teeth are composed of layers, and when the outer layer of your teeth known as the enamel becomes compromised or damaged it can lead to tooth sensitivity issues. Teeth can also be extremely sensitive for a time following certain dental treatments, like fillings, dental crowns, and root canals. We will be sure to mention if you should experience tooth sensitivity following a dental treatment and how long it may last. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by:
- Brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Tooth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
Ways to Help Sensitive Teeth
If you are prone to tooth sensitivity, there are some changes you can make to your oral hygiene routine to help yourself and your mouth. We recommend making sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. It is also important to use gentle strokes and not brush vigorously. Incorrect brushing techniques can also damage your enamel and lead to sensitivity issues. There are also toothpastes made specially for sensitive teeth.
If you are located in Kewaskum, WI and find yourself dealing with frequent tooth sensitivity and it has been some time since your last visit to the office, we recommend calling our team 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!