In this post from Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings, we’re going to discuss sensitive teeth: what causes it, and what y9ou can do about it.
Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you suffered a sudden shock of pain in your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located.
Teeth sensitivity can be a signal that something is wrong. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
A number of circumstances can bring about gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. One cause may surprise you: brushing too hard. That’s right, it is possible to brush too vigorously!
There are several treatments for tooth sensitivity. A quick and easy fix that works for many people is desensitizing toothpaste. Most major brands carry a line of sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Fluoride treatments and gum grafting may also be in order.
At Neal C. Johnson DMD in Billings, the dental health of our patients is always our number one concern. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!
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