Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you felt a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel is eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!
Tooth sensitivity can be a signal that something is wrong. It may be caused by periodontal disease or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.
Enamel erosion can be caused by a number of factors including acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. If your teeth are sensitive following a professional teeth whitening, the sensitivity will probably be gone in a few weeks.
Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession for our patients is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too hard!
At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, we not only treat tooth sensitivity problems, we also perform entire smile makeovers for cosmetic dentistry patients. You’ll find us in the 76013 zip code area.
We’re your lifelong dental health partner.