Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that can make normal activities, such as eating and drinking, miserable for those who suffer from it. Occurring when the dentin is exposed, leaving tooth nerves vulnerable to cold, hot, sour and sweet sensations, this sensitivity can develop in many ways. Here is a look at the most common reasons behind tooth sensitivity.
Bad habits, such as teeth grinding and chewing of very hard foods, can wear down or crack teeth and expose the inner layers of teeth. Excessive consumption of sour foods and beverages can also erode enamel until sensitivity results. For some patients, a diet rich in insoluble fiber can even bring about sensitivity.
Toothpastes designed to whiten teeth through abrasive action can cause sensitivity quickly while those that use peroxide can bring sensitivity more gradually. Patients prone to this problem may be advised to use teeth whitening products and professional whitening only occasionally.
In some cases, tooth sensitivity happens because of problems in the gums. For example, gingivitis can cause gum recession, exposing the sensitive tooth roots. Stopping gum disease may actually reverse this problem.
Treatments for tooth sensitivity depend on the cause of it. In many cases, patients are advised to avoid problematic factors to allow the body and repair the sensitive teeth naturally. Our Northridge dentist may also recommend a course of fluoride treatment to speed up this recovery. At a consultation with our dentist, patients can learn more about reasons for tooth sensitivity and how they can avoid them.
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