Millions of Americans suffer from sensitive teeth. This sensitivity occurs when the nerve of the tooth is stimulated by sweets, changes in temperature (hot and cold) or by contact with a toothbrush or metal instrument.
Sensitivity occurs when tubules (holes) on the root surface become exposed to the environment following gum recession, often associated with Periodontal Disease. Other forms of sensitivity occur because of decay, tooth fracture or infection.
Over the counter desensitizing tooth pastes containing pottassium nitrate, strontium cloride or stannous floride can help with sensitivity caused by receded gums.
However, should tooth sensitivity continue or show signs of increasing discomfort, please schedule an appointment to have your periodontal health examined. Receded gums or tooth sensitivity can be signs of irreversible periodontal disease.