Many people describe tooth sensitivity as a pain or a stinging discomfort when they consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages. While you might be able to mitigate tooth sensitivity with special formulated toothpastes and lifestyle modifications, it is still wise to identify the underlying cause of the problem. In many cases, tooth sensitivity is often a symptom of a more significant issue.
Tooth decay that forms on multiple teeth is also a common cause of sensitivity. If your dentist, Dr. Grant Brough, doesn’t repair or restore these teeth, it could lead to serious complications in the future.
Enamel erosion is also one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. The pervasive bacteria in your mouth and the effects of the acidic foods and drinks you consume can erode tooth enamel minerals on a microscopic level. In time, this can form microscopic channels through the enamel leading to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.
One way to improve the strength of your tooth enamel is to have Dr. Grant Brough administer a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed by using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Sometimes tooth sensitivity is a result of something more mundane, such as a severe sinus infection. If this is the case, the sensitivity = will be limited to the upper teeth because the congestion places pressure on deep dental nerves.
If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity in Layton, Utah, you should call Dr. Brough Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 801.773.5285 for diagnosis and treatment.