Why So Sensitive?

Posted on 4/20/2022 by Covington Family Dental
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Tooth Sensitivity

While extremely common and considered a “normal” part of life, sensitive teeth are far from that.

Sensitivity is our body's way of telling us that there is an abnormal stimulus which triggers a nerve response within the tooth.

Our teeth are composed of thousands of microscopic tubules, like a cluster of straws, and when these tubules are exposed or disrupted, the nerve within the tooth is triggered.

Potential causes of exposed tubules are:
•  Excessive bite force
•  Grinding (Bruxism)
•  Clenching
•  Tooth orientation/occlusion
•  Chewing Ice
•  Erosion or exposure
•  Aggressive toothbrushing
•  Gum disease
•  Recent teeth whitening
•  Acidic oral pH
•  Diet
•  Acid Reflux
•  Dry mouth
•  Decay

Toothpaste, strips, and gels that decrease sensitivity are a great way to get temporary relief from the symptoms, however, do not treat the cause of the discomfort.

At your next cleaning, be sure to ask your hygienist for recommendations for immediate and long-term management of hypersensitivity.

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