Several of my top teeth are sensitive. I have noticed this for about 2 to 3 months. I just turned 42 and my mom said she has the problem, and it started when she was around my age. I am thinking that maybe this is something hereditary that I just have to deal with. I am wondering though if this is something that I should be a dentist about. Thank you. Vanessa
Vanessa – Tooth enamel protects your teeth. The layer beneath the enamel, dentin, is susceptible to sensitivity. If the dentin in your teeth is insufficiently protected by the enamel, heat, cold, sticky foods, and acidic foods, can cause you to feel sensitivity in your teeth. For some people, even breathing in can cause sensitivity.
What can damage your tooth enamel? At times, aggressive tooth brushing is responsible. Brushing your teeth or gums too hard can damage the enamel or expose your tooth roots.
A gum infection, which can spread to your tooth roots, can also cause sensitivity. Gum disease can cause your tooth roots to become exposed and very sensitive. A tooth infection can also cause sensitivity.
Depending on the cause of sensitivity in your teeth, a dentist may recommend that you use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. If the toothpaste is not effective enough, you may need fluoride treatments from the dentist.
When gum disease is causing the problem, it can be treated. Or if your gums are exposed, gum grafting may be needed to cover your tooth roots. In cases of severe sensitivity, a root canal treatment may be needed.
Schedule an appointment for an examination, proper diagnosis, and treatment.
This post is sponsored by Bedminster NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.