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Why Sensitivity Isn’t a Problem

Tooth Sensitivity | Dental Services St. Francisville, LAYou’re sitting down with a hot bowl of soup, eager to enjoy the goodness and warmth it promises. When you take your first bite, you notice something unpleasant in your mouth. Not the taste of your soup, but the pain of sensitivity that occurred when the oral environment heated up. Ouch! No one likes to experience tooth sensitivity, but this is also a problem that we don’t discuss very often. We think it’s worth a few minutes, at least.

The Problems with Tooth Sensitivity

The problem with tooth sensitivity is that this occurrence has largely been presented as a problem. Advertisements for special oral care products formulated to blunt the reactivity of nerves at the center of teeth are adept at this type of presentation. “Use our product, and you can enjoy eating again!” We may have to take issue with this, because, you see, sensitivity isn’t a problem at all.

What tooth sensitivity could really mean

Teeth are not supposed to hurt when we eat or drink. They have a hard layer of enamel, one of the heartiest of all of the substances in the body, which is protective of the inner, softer tissues. When teeth become temperamental when the temperature of the mouth changes, they are trying to say something. What might that be?

  • A cavity is looming. Often, very slight sensitivity occurs when a cavity is just beginning to form. This cavity might be so small that it wouldn’t even require a filling if professional dental care were obtained to remove the decaying enamel.
  • Enamel is wearing down. Erosion is the condition of deterioration that has become increasingly prevalent in recent years. This type of demineralization is somewhat similar to the average cavity, except that a larger percentage of the tooth is affected. Furthermore, whereas a cavity develops in one tooth, erosion often affects multiple teeth.
  • Gum tissue is inflamed. The soft tissue around teeth is supposed to be firm and adhered to each tooth. The purpose of the gums is to support chewing and biting by keeping teeth relatively secure from the top down. Then the roots pick up where gingival leaves off, and stabilize the tooth from the bottom up. When inflammation occurs, the gums loosen their grip on teeth. This exposes the root and causes nerves to feel more of what is put into the mouth.

Schedule a Consultation

Sensitivity is not a problem. It usually has an underlying cause, which makes it a symptom. Clue into sensitivity as such, and you’re better equipped to manage a healthy smile. For personal dental care from our friendly team, contact our St. Francisville office at 225-635-4422.

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