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This is a Sensitive Subject

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general dentistry Palm Beach Gardens, FLWe often speak with patients about their dental concerns, both general and cosmetic. We support oral health with discussion and demonstration of brushing and flossing techniques, perform all levels of restorative and cosmetic care, and even think about things that may not come up very often, like tooth sensitivity.

The touchy subject of tooth sensitivity has become more common in recent years. So much so that products to blunt the discomfort some people feel when consuming hot or cold items have been developed. This may seem helpful, and it can be, in some instances. However, the fact that sensitivity is presented in the light of a problem may make far too many people completely miss the possibility of sensitivity as a warning sign.

Problem or Symptom?

Aching teeth, even for a short period, is not something you want to live with. The goal is to get to the heart of the matter, and that means considering what else may be happening in the mouth. When we can understand why teeth are sensitive, we have the power to correct the problem at its origin. That origin may be:

  • Tooth decay. Sensitivity is one of the earliest indicators that a tooth is under attack. Sometimes the sensitivity is felt at the source and sometimes referred pain occurs elsewhere in the mouth. If you were to think that mild sensitivity was merely a normal problem, you might miss the chance to repair a cavity while it is still small.
  • Tooth erosion. The shell of enamel that covers the softer areas of teeth is necessary for biting and chewing. Enamel needs to be strong and resilient to prevent chipping and fractures, discoloration, and also sensitivity. This is because, without that buffer of enamel, there are only soft tissues between the oral environment and the nerves of teeth. When enamel wears away excessively, veneers may be a suitable treatment to restore the structure, not to mention beauty and comfort.
  • Gum inflammation. When gingival is inflamed, the gums will recede away from the base of a tooth or teeth, making the root area susceptible to reactivity. The root is very near to the nerves of a tooth, which creates a prime entry for sensitivity to occur. Cleaning out the pockets in between teeth and gums, and smoothing the surface of the exposed root, if necessary, may correct or improve the problem.

Schedule a visit to our Palm Beach Gardens general and cosmetic dentistry office at (561) 627-9000.

Causes of tooth sensitivity

sensitive-teeth-popsicle-300x200Are your teeth sensitive every time you drink something cold, eat some Ice cream or frozen yogurt?  How about when you brush and floss?  You could be suffering from tooth sensitivity.  There are steps you can take to help and improve the health of your mouth. 

What are some of the causes?

You may be brushing with too much force or with a tooth brush that is too hard. 

Over time you can wear down the outer protective layers of your teeth exposing the more sensitive parts of a tooth.  Once this protective covering is gone hot, cold, sweet or sour foods can cause discomfort.  The simple solution to this is switching to a soft tooth brush and brushing more gently.

Your food or drink is acidic

Some foods like tomato sauce and salsa as well as fruits like oranges and grapefruit can cause sensitivity.  Sports drinks or soda are another source of acidic things that should be avoided.

Grinding your teeth

Even though it is the strongest substance in the body grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel.  When this happens the middle layer of the tooth is exposed.  Once exposed this layer can be sensitive to all sorts of things.  Even just chewing can make the tooth sensitive.  Grinding can also bruise the ligament that hold the tooth to the jaw which can cause the tooth to be sensitive.

Whitening toothpaste and Mouthwash

Not all toothpaste and mouthwash is the same.  Some companies add chemicals and whiteners to tooth paste that can result in sensitivity.  Mouthwash may contain these chemical as well or have high amounts of alcohol.  Switching to brands without whiteners or alcohol may help.

Gum Disease and Receding Gums

As we age changes occur in our gums.  Excessive amounts of plaque can cause gum disease which could lead to sensitivity or worse such as tooth loss.  It may also lead to receding gums.  When gums recede the more sensitive root area of the tooth is exposed.  Once this occurs not only is the tooth sensitive it is more prone to root decay.  The solution for this is to maintain good daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings.

These are just a few of the causes and some solutions to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas.

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