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Modern-day marketing messages can sometimes give the impression that tooth sensitivity is a common problem amongst the American population. Sometimes this encourages people to ignore the issues or use a specially formulated toothpaste that masks the sensation from eating cold, sweet, or acidic things. This can often prove to be a grave error, as tooth sensitivity is often linked to a potentially serious oral health condition.

To better help you identify the cause of your tooth sensitivity, the dentists at Alvarado Family Dentistry’s offices in Alvarado, Texas, offer the following insights.

Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine and regularly enjoying acidic beverages can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. This effectively causes microscopic channels in the tooth enamel to expand, exposing the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. For teeth in this condition, our dentists can remediate the problem with a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Untreated tooth decay on multiple teeth can also be a common cause of tooth sensitivity. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. It’s best to have our dentists repair the cavities before the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth.

At the same time, something as simple as a chronic sinus infection could be the root cause of your sensitivity symptoms. The undue pressure in the sinuses can apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. A salient clue that this might be the case would be if the sensitivity is limited to just your upper teeth.

In a case like this, your primary physician can help explore your treatment options, which might include prescription decongestant. In time, this treatment can help relieve the pressure on the nerves.

If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity issues and you live in the Alvarado, Texas, area, you should call 888-635-6401 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Alvarado Family Dentistry’s clinic.