Tooth sensitivity is often described as a stinging sensation or general discomfort when a patient consumes something hot, cold, sweet or sour. These symptoms can drive some individuals to limit their food and beverages choices or to experiment with a special tooth sensitivity toothpaste.
While this might provide short-term relief the tooth sensitivity toothpaste might only mask symptoms of a gradually worsening dental health problem. Without professional treatment from a dentist, the underlying problem could continue to worsen. In some cases, it could lead to dental fractures and tooth loss.
Tooth enamel erosion from poor oral hygiene, an untreated eating disorder or the frequent consumption of acidic beverages can often contribute to tooth sensitivity symptoms. It is often a sign that the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel have started to expand, thus exposing the sensitive dentin beneath.
Patients with tooth sensitivity linked to enamel erosion can often benefit from a fluoride treatment. Daily use of prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association can also help strengthen your tooth enamel while lessening tooth sensitivity discomfort.
If you live in the Sugar Land, Texas, area and you are struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, you should call 281-201-4332 to have it professionally diagnosed and treated by one of our dentists, Drs. Cody, Cashion, Dave and Jieun Chiu, at C & C Dental.