We Need to Talk About a Sensitive Subject

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2018
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Preventative Dentistry | Clarendon Dental Arts | Arlington, VAWhen we talk about our teeth, it is often to express a concern related to how they look. Sometimes, we need to talk about full-blown tooth pain. Not all that long ago, the topic of sensitivity was not unheard of. We don’t hear much about this today, though, and we may know why.

Tooth sensitivity is not a forgotten problem. It hasn’t been eradicated. What has happened is that this particular dental concern has been normalized. Perhaps you have seen this for yourself, but not realized what was going on. When oral care products are developed and marketed for specific concerns, such as sensitivity, it lends to the idea that “everyone has this.” Not everyone has sensitive teeth. Not everyone has to brush their teeth using warm water; not too cold, and not too hot, or pain strikes! Here, we want to talk about what sensitivity may really mean.

When Teeth Start Talking

Our teeth are a natural part of our everyday communication. Without them, we cannot speak very clearly. Sometimes, our teeth have something to tell us, and sensitivity is one way of doing that. What might your teeth be saying?

  • There’s a cavity in here! Quite often, when a patient reports uncomfortable sensations when they consume something hot or cold, we find a cavity lurking behind the pain. Cavities don’t always cause a nasty toothache. Usually, they start with sensitivity to certain temperatures and foods. If you are noticing the twinge of sensitivity when you eat and drink, schedule an exam at Clarendon Dental Arts. The sooner a patient detects a cavity, the sooner pain can stop.
  • Inflammation is causing damage. When inflammation strikes, the gums weaken. Gums should not be weak! When they are, space forms between soft tissue and the teeth it supports. Temperature changes in the mouth are more easily felt by the nerves that are located near the root that is somewhat exposed by receding gums.
  • Coverage is dwindling. There are several layers of material in teeth. The innermost layer is a combination of vessels and nerves. The coverage that dental pulp gets from enamel is vital to comfort. Sometimes, sensitivity indicates that widespread deterioration of enamel, or erosion, has begun.

Schedule a Consultation

We can correct the “hidden” problems that cause teeth to become highly sensitive. Prompt dental care for sensitive teeth can be obtained in one of our Arlington-area offices. Call (703) 525-5901 to schedule an appointment today.

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