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When to Talk to Your Dentist about Sensitive Teeth
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When to Talk to Your Dentist about Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth are common to many people but not all who suffer from it discuss them with their dentist. Many think that the reaction is normal depending on the food they are eating and settle to avoiding those trigger foods. While doing this can soothe the symptoms, sensitive teeth may be a symptom of something more serious thus it is important to discuss them with your dentist.

Your teeth should last a lifetime if they receive proper care. Teeth, however, is subject to damages. Among the reasons why the teeth are experiencing sensitivity can be: wore down enamels, receded gums, and development of cavities, cracks, and abscesses.

If suffering from teeth sensitivity, you need not wait for your next appointment to your dentist. The smartest thing to do is go directly to your dentist and have it checked up.

If you happen to have a cracked tooth, bacteria will be able to thrive and infect the area if the issue is not addressed quickly. Getting a dental evaluation for teeth sensitivity is also important to identify whether your teeth reacts rather strongly to cold and hot temperatures.

In order to correctly identify the cause of sensitivity, the dentist will have to ask you the following:

  • The frequency of the sensitivity
  • If the sensitivity is experienced in all the teeth or only selected tooth/teeth
  • The duration of the sensitivity
  • If the sensitivity only occurs when eating cold foods or hot foods
  • If sensitivity also occurs during  the intake of acidic food or beverages
  • If you suffer from pain when biting or chewing your food

Your answers to these questions will help the dentist determine whether to recommend using toothpaste especially for sensitive teeth, prescribe a mouth guard for teeth protection, or if there is a need to do surgical procedure such as gum surgery or root canal. Nevertheless, it is important to raise teeth sensitivity to your dentist the earliest you feel them.