Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
Have you been enjoying the warm Florida weather? Now that June is upon us, our warm weather is slowly changing to what many would describe as hot. Nothing feels better on a hot summer day than a nice, cold drink, delicious ice cream treat, or frosty popsicle. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, you likely do not share this sentiment. In fact, eating or biting anything cold can immediately bring discomfort to your teeth. Tooth sensitivity can also occur when eating or drinking something hot, brushing teeth, and flossing your teeth.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Your teeth contain many layers. The outermost layer, or the enamel, protects the inside of your teeth. Although the enamel is the strongest substance in your body, it can become compromised. When this happens, you may begin to experience tooth sensitivity. While not every experience with tooth sensitivity should be alarming, when it happens repeatedly, it can be cause for concern. Tooth sensitivity can signal that you might be experiencing 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
Ways to Care For Sensitive Teeth
If you are suddenly experiencing sensitive teeth, we suggest scheduling an appointment to be seen in our office. You might want to evaluate the way you brush your teeth. Be sure that you are using a gentle, circular motion and that you aren’t brushing too vigorously. We also suggest checking your toothbrush and toothpaste. It is best to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. You should also be careful not to grind your teeth, as that can cause sensitivity as well.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in Spring Hill, 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. See you soon!