Identifying the Underlying Cause of Tooth Sensitivity

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If you experience pain in one or more teeth when you eat hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods, it could be an early warning sign of a more serious problem. Toothpaste that has been formulated with special additives to help people with sensitive teeth can offer some short term relief. However, it’s still a good idea to investigate the underlying source of the problem, just in case it is something more serious.

Enamel erosion is one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. It is often cause by acidic foods and the natural bacteria in your mouth. Enamel erosion causes microscopic channels to form deep down in the enamel layer exposing the sensitive dentin layer. In a situation like this your dentist can administer a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Advanced tooth decay can also compromise the enamel layer of multiple teeth and could extend dangerously deep into the pulp of the tooth. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth.

If you notice a problem like this, you need to call Dr. Valerie Foster as soon as possible to have the tooth decay issues addressed. If tooth decay is not resolved in a timely manner it could lead to a serious infection in the root or total loss of the tooth.

At the same time a chronic sinus infection can also cause tooth sensitivity issues by applying pressure to the nerves in your face. This pressure could affect the nerves connected to the roots of your teeth. In a situation like the symptoms would be limited to just your upper teeth. Your physician can help explore your treatment options, which might include prescription decongestant can relieve the pressure on the nerves.

If you are having trouble identifying the source of your tooth sensitivity, please feel free to Dr. Valerie Foster us at 503-649-7011 to schedule an appointment.