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In recent years tooth sensitivity toothpaste has grown in popularity amongst people who struggle with discomfort when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or overly acidic things. Most are formulated with potassium nitrate to help numb the sensitivity reaction.

This can sometimes encourage people to dismiss the tooth sensitivity when it could potentially be linked to a serious oral health condition.

Dr. Laney Schuman and the dental professionals at the dental office in Highland or Granite City, IL, encourage people with tooth sensitivity to investigate the underlying cause of their symptoms.

Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can cause plaque acids to develop in your mouth which can gradually erode the mineral density of your tooth enamel. Drinking acidic beverages on a frequent basis can also contribute to this demineralization effect.

Over time it can cause microscopic channels in the tooth enamel to expand, this exposing the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. For teeth in this condition, our dentists can start to 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 root cause of tooth sensitivity. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. In a case like this, it’s best to have Dr. Laney Schuman repair the cavities before the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth.

Tooth sensitivity symptoms can also be linked to a non-dental source such as a chronic sinus infection. The undue pressure in the sinuses can apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. In a case like this, the sensitivity would be limited to your upper teeth.

If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity issues, you should call 618-797-9940 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Midwest Family Dentistry.