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The Tooth About Dental Sensitivity by Dr. Melissa DellaCroce, Della Croce Dental Care Who remembers being eight years old , just having gotten your adult front teeth, and biting into an ice pop? OUCH! I can still remember that feeling. It sent chills down my spine. That type of sensitivity is not limited to the years when we are getting our adult teeth. Many adults experience the same kind of discomfort; however, its cause can be very different. Tooth sensitivity can happen at any age and have a number of causes ranging from decay to grinding your teeth. Does drinking an ice cold beverage cause dental discomfort? Do you have sensitivity to sweetness around certain teeth? Wince when you brush or floss? You do not have to simply suffer through the pain. There are remedies to lessen your dental sensitivity woes and improve your oral health. Here are some questions to ask yourself: • Do you brush too aggressively? Over time, aggressive brushing or the use of a hard-bristled tooth brush can wear down the protective layers of your teeth. This exposes microscopic tubes (canals) in your tooth that can be a fairly direct pathway to your dental nerves. Exposing those tubes to extreme temperatures or foods that are acidic or sticky can result in tooth sensitivity. Being gentle with your brushing and switching to a soft-bristled tooth can be a simple solution. • Do you eat Acidic Foods? If the pathways to your nerves are exposed, specific foods such as tomato sauce, lemon, grapefruit, kiwi, and pickles can cause pain. Stick to food that are less acidic. • Tooth Grinding? Grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel, the outer layer of your tooth. By doing so, you expose the middle layer of the tooth which contains the hollow tubes that lead to your nerves. Wearing a guard can help lessen the sensitivity. Talk to

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your dentist about finding a mouth guard that can help lessen the impact of your grinding. The best guards are custom-made and fit to your bite precisely. • Gum Disease or excessive plaque? Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by receding gums.This is increasingly common with age, especially if you haven’t kept up with your dental cleanings. If gum disease or gingivitis is the problem, your dentist may suggest a procedure to seal all your teeth along with treating the gum disease itself. • Recent dental procedure? It is not uncommon for teeth to become more sensitive after you’ve been in the dentist chair. You may have some sensitivity after a root canal, and extrac-

tion, or the placement of a crown. If your sensitivity does not disappear after a short time, another visit to your dentist may be in order. • Cracked tooth? Does your tooth hurt when you bite into something? Do you have sensitivity to cold drinks? A chipped or cracked tooth can cause pain that goes beyond tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will need to evaluate your tooth and decide the right course of action. Tooth sensitivity is treatable. You may find that simply using toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth can be a significant help. However, these formulas don’t work for everyone. If your sensitivity is extreme and persist no matter what you do, it’s time to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. In some cases, the application of a topical fluoride gel by your dentist to the most sensitive areas may reduce the sensation that you feel. It will also serve to strengthen your tooth enamel. Only a visit to your dentist can determine the most likely cause of your tooth sensitivity and the best solution for your particular situation.

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