How are You Seeing Sensitivity?

Tooth Sensitivity | General Dentistry Ardmore PAYou may experience sensitivity when you eat or drink something that is warm or cold. Sensitivity makes it difficult for some people to brush their teeth without warming the water first. Do you experience these sensations? If you do, you may have fallen for the idea that sensitive teeth are a normal occurrence. You may have believed the television and print ads that tell you sensitivity is something you can manage with a special-formulation of toothpaste or other oral care product. If you have, you may be heading toward a slippery slope.

A New View of Sensitivity

The reason why it can be hazardous to perceive sensitivity as a problem to manage is that it often is not. Our teeth are designed NOT to feel sensitive; that is why we have a shell of enamel to cover the “soft parts” through which nerves and tubules travel. Knowing this, you can take a new view of sensitivity as a symptom. Then you can investigate potential causes of the symptom, as well as solutions to relieve sensitivity for the long-haul.

Teeth may be sensitive because:

  • A cavity is developing. Tooth decay is a leading reason for sensitivity, and sensitivity is one of the first signs that a cavity if forming. It’s straightforward, isn’t it? The reason that a cavity may cause sensitivity is that the small area of demineralization becomes thin, making the nerves more vulnerable to temperature changes and other stimuli.
  • Enamel is eroding. Erosion is a relatively new issue that dentists are seeing. It is believed that this condition is connected with our acidic way of eating. Coffee, tea, soda, even carbonated water. These are all acidic products that leave residue on the teeth to soften and weaken enamel. Erosion decreases the shock-absorption provided by enamel, which means nerves are more affected by stimuli in the mouth.
  • Gums are receding. Gum recession is directly related to root exposure. Because the nerves of a tooth are so close to the root, sensitivity is a given when the gums are not closely adhered to the tooth.

The good news about finding the source of sensitivity is that, when you do, there are options for treatment. To discuss sensitivity or other dental concerns, contact our Ardmore office at (610) 649-0696.

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