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Many people describe tooth sensitivity as a pain or a stinging discomfort when they consume hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and beverages. While you might be able to mitigate tooth sensitivity with special formulated toothpastes and lifestyle modifications, it is still wise to identify the underlying cause of the problem. In many cases, tooth sensitivity is often a symptom of a more significant issue.

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.

Enamel erosion is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The pervasive 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 make microscopic channels form through the enamel, leading to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.

Tooth decay is also a common cause of sensitivity. You will need your dentist, Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway, to treat and repair the decayed tooth to resolve the problem and prevent future complications.

In many cases, your tooth enamel can be strengthened by a professional fluoride treatment. This might also be followed by using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

If you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity in Shelby Township, Michigan, you should not delay in contacting Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS at 586-685-0880 for diagnosis and treatment.