Do you ever experience a “zing” of discomfort when enjoying ice cream, a popsicle, or other cold treat? If so, you might be dealing with a condition known as sensitive teeth. This is a common problem in patients and with a proper diagnosis from Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ, patients can manage this condition and enjoy their favorite foods again!
How does tooth sensitivity occur?
Patients experiencing flashes of pain in their teeth when exposed to sweet, acidic, hot, or cold foods and beverages may be diagnosed with sensitive teeth. This sensitivity can become problematic for patients, especially when it’s severe. But what causes sensitive teeth?
Below are a few reasons why sensitivity may develop in patients:
- Aggressive brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Gingivitis which can leave sensitive tooth roots exposed
- Gum recession from periodontal disease
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth) which wears down tooth enamel
- Cracked/chipped teeth
- Increased intake of acidic foods that can wear down natural enamel
- Fillings that are not sealing the tooth properly
What can be done about tooth sensitivity?
Patients who have sensitive teeth may experience pain coming and going with time. Sometimes the pain less is less than it is other days. Regardless, getting a diagnosis is the first step in finding a solution. Below are a few tips and recommendations for preventing and/or treating sensitive teeth:
- Brush carefully with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Use a desensitizing toothpaste developed for sensitive teeth
- Cover chipped or cracked teeth with dental crowns or porcelain veneers
- Use a fluoridated mouthwash every day to help rebuild natural tooth enamel
- Use a mouthguard if diagnosed with bruxism
- Reduce consumption of highly acidic foods
Visit Dr. Eric Wiitala to get rid of tooth sensitivity
If you are located in the Scottsdale, AZ community and are struggling with tooth sensitivity, now is the time to connect with a dental provider who can assist. Call the practice of Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team at (480) 657-6981 to request an appointment at 9755 North 90th Street. He accepts new and established patients and families interested in quality dental healthcare in their community.