Tooth Sensitivity – A Sign of Periodontal Disease

Categories: Dental, Oral Hygiene

Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity is More Than Discomfort

Although tooth sensitivity can come and go, it ma be a sign of periodontal disease.

Receding gums can expose sensitive root areas of the teeth and cause pain when touched by foods that are cold, hot, spicy or acidic.  Cold air breathed in can also trigger pain. This is a sign to visit your dentist for a consultation.

Tooth Sensitivity Has Different Causes

Over 50% of the population has tooth sensitivity, some of which can be prevented.

One example is overzealous brushing. This can wear down the enamel that protects the root, and softens the area of protection.  Once that protective enamel is completely lost, root exposure will cause you pain and discomfort.  Very abrasive tooth paste can contribute to the same result.

Diets rich in acidic foods, including soda, can erode tooth enamel, causing the dentin of the root to be exposed, again resulting in discomfort from certain types of foods as well as hot and cold food temperatures.

As a result of root exposure leading to discomfort, many people will not brush properly, causing more bacteria to build up in the mouth and begin the cycle of periodontal disease.

Steps You Can Take To Relieve Tooth Sensitivity

The most important first step you can take is to visit your dentist right away.

Once your teeth and gums are examined, your dentist can tell the degree of enamel loss and give you a plan to follow that may help improve tooth sensitivity.

Some of the resolutions are to use a soft toothbrush, less abrasive toothpaste and switching to a toothpaste that reduces tooth sensitivity.  And, of course, follow the brushing directions given you from your dental hygienist.

All remedies depend upon the seriousness of your particular diagnosis, conducted by your professional Ocean County Dentist. Dr. Ron Rotem,

If you can no longer enjoy certain foods or brush properly because of tooth sensitivity, call Dr. Rotem today for a consultation so you can be on the road to recovery and back to enjoying the things you like without the fear of pain from tooth sensitivity.