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By Golden Dental
January 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouth sensitivity  

If you experience pain in your teeth when you drink or eat hot or cold beverages or foods, you may have mouth sensitivity. Sensitivity is a common problem that can be treated by your dentist. Roland Markarian, DMD, your Lanchester dentist, shares information about the Mouth Sensitivitycondition.

What causes sensitivity?

Mouth sensitivity can occur when you have a cavity or fractured tooth or when the dentin, the layer of a tooth located under the hard enamel coating, is exposed to the air. Without the protection of the enamel, pain can occur when you consume hot or cold foods or beverages, when you chew or brush your teeth, or when you breathe through your mouth or expose your teeth to cold air. The tooth root is often affected because roots are only covered by a thin layer of cementum, rather than the thicker, tougher enamel. If the roots are exposed due to vigorous tooth brushing or gum disease, the fluid contained in the tiny tubes in the dentin stimulate the nerves, causing pain.

Mouth sensitivity can also occur due to:

  • Vigorous brushing that causes receding gums
  • Eating or drinking acidic foods or beverages that erode tooth enamel
  • Using abrasive toothpaste that damages tooth enamel
  • Acid reflux
  • Using teeth whitening products without protecting teeth roots

How is mouth sensitivity treated?

Treatment of sensitivity varies depending on the cause of the problem. If tooth decay is the cause, a filling or root canal will probably solve the problem. If sensitivity is due to a fractured or cracked tooth, a crown or inlay will seal the tooth and prevent extremes in temperature from affecting the dentin and nerves.

Using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth can be helpful. If the toothpaste doesn't help decrease pain, your dentist may recommend a fluoride gel treatment. The gel strengthens the enamel and reduces pain. Gum grafts can reduce mouth sensitivity if you have severely receding gums due to gum disease or other causes.

Are you concerned about mouth sensitivity? Call Roland Markarian, DMD, your Lanchester dentist, at (661) 948-8100 and schedule an appointment today. Pain doesn't have to be a part of your life!


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