Identifying the Cause of Tooth Sensitivity

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People suffering with tooth sensitivity, often complain of pain or a stinging sensation when consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic things. Some people choose to avoid these foods, while others attempt to treat the problem with specially formulated toothpaste.

In most cases, Dr. Rai finds that tooth sensitivity is really just a symptom of a more significant problem developing.

Enamel erosion is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The pervasive nature of the bacteria in your mouth and the effects of acidic food and drinks you consume, can erode tooth enamel minerals on a microscopic level. In time this can actually form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.

Tooth decay and cavities on multiple teeth is also a common cause of sensitivity issues. If Dr. Rai doesn’t repair or restore these teeth, it could even lead to serious complications later on down the road.

Without extra complications, the integrity of your tooth enamel can be restored by having Dr. Rai administer a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed up by you using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, you should call Dr. Rai’s clinic at 540-446-5083 to schedule an appointment.