Why do I have tooth sensitivity?

If consuming hot or cold foods and beverages causes discomfort, you may be dealing with sensitive teeth. It is a common dental complaint, and there are a number of reasons why you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Defective fillings
  • Teeth grinding
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Exposed tooth roots

The layer beneath your enamel is called dentin, and it contains tiny tubes that run from the outer portion of your tooth to the center of your tooth where the nerve is located. Exposed dentin is stimulated by temperature variations, and the result is tooth sensitivity and discomfort. Tooth sensitivity can actually impact your life and change basic habits like the food and drinks you choose to consume.

The good news is that we can treat sensitive teeth at our Doylestown dental office. We usually recommend a desensitizing toothpaste or make appropriate suggestions for treatment based on the reason for your sensitivity. We can also help you avoid developing tooth sensitivity by teaching you proper oral hygiene practices and keeping up with scheduled dental appointments.

Do you wince when you consume hot or cold foods? Please call Doylestown Dental to arrange an appointment. Our doctors will be happy to review your oral hygiene practices and make suggestions for dealing with sensitivity. 

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