Feeling pain or heightened sensitivity when you consume cold, hot, sweet, or acidic things can be quite disconcerting. Beyond the limitations to your food and beverage choices, tooth sensitivity can also make life a bit difficult. To help develop an effective treatment plan, Dr. Alex Abernathy and the dental specialists at Lakeland Dental Care advocate investigating the cause of tooth sensitivity.
You might be tempted to use a toothpaste that has been formulated with potassium nitrate or other special ingredients that help reduce tooth sensitivity. While this might provide some temporary relief of symptoms, it still leaves the underlying cause.
Tooth sensitivity is often caused by demineralization or tooth enamel erosion. The bacteria in your mouth and the effects of the acidic foods and drinks you consume, can erode tooth enamel minerals on a microscopic level. In time, this can cause microscopic channels to form through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.
To remedy a problem like this, Dr. Alex Abernathy might be able to administer a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed up by you using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Tooth decay on multiple teeth can also cause tooth sensitivity problems. If Dr. Alex Abernathy doesn’t repair these cavities when they are small, they will likely spread to the sensitive critical tissues within the tooth.
If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity in Jackson, Mississippi, you should call 601-981-8166 to have it professionally diagnosed and treated by Dr. Alex Abernathy.