If you notice that you experience pain when taking cold or hot drinks, acidic or sweet foods, you most probably have tooth sensitivity. The condition often causes a lot of discomfort, especially when taking some of your favorite drinks.
Acidic foods, Bruxism, and vigorous brushing of teeth are the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. However, it could also be a sign of gum disease and other oral health complications. This article looks at when tooth sensitivity is a sign of gum disease and what to do about it.
The Enamel and Sensitivity
The enamel of the tooth protects the inner sensitive part from exposure to temperature fluctuations and from the action of chewing when you are eating food. The enamel can get worn out, especially if you do not observe oral hygiene as recommended by your dentist.
Taking acidic foods can also progressively wear out the enamel, exposing it to extreme temperatures and causing pain. If you have a condition like Bruxism the action of teeth grinding will cause demineralization of the tooth. You also need to brush with a toothbrush that has gentle bristles to prevent damaging your teeth and gums.
Sensitivity and Gum Disease
Tooth sensitivity is also caused to a relatively small extent by other oral health factors. It could be a sign of tooth decay and fractures. If you also happen to experience sensitivity of the gums, that could be a sign of a disease such as gingivitis.
Additionally, the same factors that cause sensitivity can also lead to gum disease. Brushing too vigorously can irritate the teeth and lead to inflammation. Bruxism wears out the enamel of the tooth and over time this can cause tooth cavities.
Therefore, tooth sensitivity is a seemingly simple problem that needs to be addressed in time to prevent dental complications. Visit our offices today if you have questions on tooth sensitivity and gum disease.