Tooth Sensitivity ... also known as dentin hypersensitivity ... can affect a tooth or the exposed root surfaces of a tooth or teeth. This occurs when the enamel that protects our teeth continues to get thinner and thinner, or when there is a case of gum recession that often times exposes areas like the: the underlying surface or the dentin, which in turn reduces the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and root. Statistics show that tooth sensitivity affects up to 57% of the population.
Causes of tooth sensitivity include:
* Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or by actually brushing too aggressively
* Tooth erosion can also take place due to the consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages
* Not as common but it does occur, tooth erosion can take place due to bulimia or gastroesophageal reflux disease
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms you might be asking what can I do ? Well, proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If you brush your teeth incorrectly, or tend to over-brush your teeth your gums may become sensitive. If you are concerned that you might be experiencing some of these problems, please call our office at 941-488-1459 to setup an exam an a cleaning appointment with our highly skilled dental hygienist. Both our doctor and hygienist are more than qualified to also answer any questions you might have.