Tooth Sensitivity in Huntingdon County

What exactly is tooth sensitivity? If hot, cold, sweet, acidic foods or drinks, or breathing cold air makes your teeth painful, then you have tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is really just a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is very common and it has been estimated that approximately half the population experience some tooth sensitivity. This pain will usually come and go over time. Although all tooth sensitivity should be addressed with your hygienist and dentist.

Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by dentin (the inside of the tooth) on root areas exposed due to receded gums or periodontal disease. Recession of the gum can occur from malocclusion (the upper & lower teeth do not match together properly), poor oral hygiene, crowding of teeth, teeth clenching, teeth grinding, overzealous brushing, abrasive toothpaste and chewing tobacco products. Erosion is the other main cause of tooth sensitivity. This is when the enamel has dissolved due to an acidic environment. A diet high is acid foods such as citrus fruits, pickles, lemons, and SODA. Yes I said Soda, sorry you know it’s bad for your teeth due to the extremely high amounts of sugar, but it is also dissolving your enamel also.

Another cause of erosion that can dissolve enamel very fast is GERD or acid reflux, if you have this condition you need to talk to your dentist or hygienist about any effects it may have had on your teeth and what you can do to prevent any further erosion. Bulimia is the most aggressive way to erode the enamel from the tooth, erosion not only leads to tooth sensitivity but also yellow teeth that is irreversible.

Tooth sensitivity after dental restorations have been placed are common, although need immediate attention by the dentist to check for occlusal trauma. Prevention is the key here again. Preserve your enamel through good oral hygiene, eating a health diet, not smoking or using smokeless tobacco, and most importantly do not skip those 6 months hygiene appointment.

Heather Metzler RDH
For more information please contact the staff of Smiles for Life, Jeffery D. Hartman, DMD, PC at 814-643-9414 or at our website: Dr. Hartman Dentistry

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