You may not notice your sensitive teeth until you eat something too hot or too cold and realize that you’re uncomfortable. Making sure to see Dr. Christopher Hooper as soon you notice sensitivity in your teeth or gums is the best way to handle the discomfort before it becomes unbearable.
How Do Sensitive Teeth Get Noticed?
You may notice that you are sensitive to certain foods and temperatures because your enamel (which protect your teeth) is thinner. You may also notice it if your gums are starting to recede, which exposes the inner part of your teeth. Your enamel is made to protect the nerves in your teeth and when they become exposed, they also become more sensitive.
What Causes Sensitivity?
Acidic foods and drinks are the most common way to lose your enamel, though you may just be brushing your teeth too hard. If you overuse whitening products, you may also be wearing your enamel away. If you have dental disease with decay and fractures, you may also notice high sensitivity. Age is another common cause of tooth sensitivity.
How Can Dr. Hooper Help?
The first thing that you should do is make an appointment with us. By treating the possible dental disease, cavities, and fractures, you will be on your way to healthy teeth with little sensitivity. If you have exposed roots, you may need a gum graft to help protect the sensitive inner teeth. After your dental visit, you should be on the way to a healthier mouth!
After you have treated the problem, you might find some relief by using a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. Your dentist may also recommend fluoride to help you strengthen the enamel.
If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, it is very important to be seen at Hooper General & Cosmetic Dentistry as soon as you can. Dr. Hooper will do an oral screening and preventive exam, diagnose the cause of your sensitivity and provide treatment for the issue. If you’re in need of your bi-annual oral exam or are noticing that your teeth have become sensitive, contact us for an appointment at (757) 417-7300.