We can all agree that summer in Georgia is hot! Would you love nothing more than to beat the heat with a delicious frozen treat but refrain because you are afraid of the discomfort you might feel in your teeth? If so, you might be suffering from sensitive teeth. While this is a normal issue that mostly everyone experiences from time to time, it can also be a sign that there is a problem with your oral health. Continue reading to learn more about what your mouth might be trying to tell you.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
It’s not unusual to experience an issue with sensitive teeth from time to time. It usually occurs with foods and drinks that are either very hot or very cold. Some patients are more prone to sensitive teeth than others. It is also common to experience tooth sensitivity following certain dental procedures. However, repeat cases of tooth sensitivity typically indicate there is a problem with your oral health. Causes of sensitive teeth can include:
- Brushing teeth too vigorously
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Grinding your teeth
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Broken or chipped teeth
Medical conditions can also cause sensitive teeth. Stomach issues such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can cause the tooth enamel to wear away, leading to tooth sensitivity. If you have been diagnosed with this condition or anything that may cause repeated vomiting, be sure to visit our office regularly to monitor the condition of your teeth.
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
Aside from visiting our office, there are precautions that you can take at home to help your tooth sensitivity. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush using soft, circular motions. You can also look for a toothpaste that is recommended for sensitive teeth. Be sure to avoid any over-the-counter whitening products as they can increase tooth sensitivity.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in Brunswick, GA to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!