Tooth sensitivity often results in pain or a stinging discomfort when you consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages. Even though you can treat the symptoms of tooth sensitivity with special formulated toothpaste and lifestyle modification, 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.
Enamel erosion is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The bacteria in your mouth and the effects of the acidic food and drinks you consume can erode tooth enamel minerals on a microscopic level. In time, this can actually form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.
Tooth decay is also a common cause of sensitivity. If your dentist, Dr. Melissa Maus, doesn’t repair or restore the tooth, it could lead to serious complications later on down the road.
In many cases, your tooth enamel can be strengthened with a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed by you using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
There are other times when tooth sensitivity is a result of something more mundane, such as a severe sinus infection. If this is the case, the sensitivity issue will be limited to the upper teeth because the congestion places pressure on deep dental nerves.
If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity problems in San Francisco, California, you should call Melissa Maus & Associates at 415-781-0819 to seek advice and treatment.