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You may have felt a sudden stab of pain, or twinge or tingle when you eat or drink something cold, hot or sweet. That may be an indicator of sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of things, such as a cavity, a cracked tooth, a loss of tooth enamel, gum disease, or a root of a tooth that has been exposed. If you have a diet that is heavy in sugar, starch or acids tooth sensitivity may become a problem.

Enamel can also be lost through bruxism, which is the grinding and clenching of your teeth. Sensitive teeth may make brushing uncomfortable. When that happens you may brush less frequently, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even lost teeth.But in the case of sensitive teeth, your dentin, which makes up the interior of your tooth has less protection than it should, which means dental hygiene should be a priority.

Your dentist may address your tooth-sensitivity with fluoride treatment, which can strengthen weak enamel. You may need a gum graft to cover exposed roots, or the dentist may cover your tooth with a crown, or part of your tooth with a dental bond or an inlay. There are also toothpastes on the market that block the tooth’s nerve from feeling any sensations. If all else fails, your dentist may decide to treat the issue with a root canal.  

You can help prevent sensitive teeth with by eating a healthy, balanced diet, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. You need to see your dentist at least twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, or if it is just time for your routine visit, our dentist, Dr. Robert P. Sherman will be happy to see you! If you live in the Leawood, Kansas, area and would like to make an appointment at Robert P. Sherman, call 913-685-2171 today.