A recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association found that approximately 12% of American adults have experienced some level of tooth sensitivity. Common symptoms include discomfort or a stinging sensation when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or overly acidic substances.
Some individuals can find relief by brushing their teeth with a specially formulated toothpaste that include potassium nitrate. However, this might only be mitigating symptoms of a more serious oral health condition.
Dr. Mathew Berg and the dental professionals at his associates, encourage people with tooth sensitivity to investigate the underlying cause of their symptoms. This can help develop an effective treatment plan to correct the problem.
Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can cause plaque acids to develop in your mouth which can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. Drinking acidic beverages on a frequent basis can also contribute to this demineralization effect.
As this continues, it can cause microscopic channels in the tooth enamel to expand, this exposing the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. For teeth in this condition, our dentists can start to remediate the problem with a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.
Untreated tooth decay on multiple teeth can also cause discomfort and sensitivity symptoms. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. In a case like this, it’s best to have Dr. Mathew Berg repair the cavities before the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth.
Tooth sensitivity symptoms can also be linked to a minor medical condition, such as a chronic sinus infection. The chronic pressure in your sinus cavity can apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. In a case like this, the sensitivity would be limited to your upper teeth.
If you live in the El Paso, Texas, area, and you need help treating your tooth sensitivity discomfort, you should call 915-591-5333 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Mathew Berg DDS.