Sensitive Teeth

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We are virtually overloaded these days with advertisements on TV and social media extolling the virtues of the new “wonder toothpaste” that will cure all your aches and pains and eliminate sensitivity, making the world a better place for ice-cream eaters worldwide!

The truth is that when we have a sensitive tooth, it is often the tooth trying to tell us something is not quite right.

Let me run through a list of a few things that can cause sensitivity:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth brush abrasion
  • Cracked teeth
  • Eroded teeth
  • Tooth grinding
  • Leaking fillings
  • High or proud fillings
  • Post operative sensitivity
  • Dental nerve death

So you can see, there are many reasons why teeth are sensitive and some them can cause serious problems (tooth loss or even a threat to your health) if not treated in a timely fashion.

If you have a sensitive tooth/teeth we recommend getting it checked out by our dentist. Most of the time it will probably be common “garden variety” cervical sensitivity which is easily treated with sensitive tooth pastes and varnishes… but it is best find out for sure!

 

Author: Dr John Watson