When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think about hearts, flowers, loved ones and lots of chocolate. But sensitive matters of the heart always lead us dentists to think about sensitive teeth as well. So many people have problems with sensitivity that go unchecked because the discomfort can be fleeting. However, when untreated the causes of sensitivity can point to major dental issues. Be on the lookout for these signs of tooth sensitivity:
This is usually like a jolt of pain when you bite into something. The food might be particularly hard or sugary which could trigger your sensitivity. This is especially important to keep in mind when you eat all that chocolate this month!
Rather than a sharp pain, this can be a sudden dull sensation in a particular tooth when eating warm soup or enjoying some ice cream. Some people experience more discomfort with either hot or cold foods. Others react to both. One reaction isn’t necessarily better than the other and they are all signs you should see a dentist soon.
Cutting out all ice cream and coffee from your life because your teeth keep aching is no way to live your life! If the dull sensation doesn’t go away after a minute, it is a sign of serious tooth decay. Schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately for an examination.
Unlike a heartache, we can easily determine the causes of a toothache. Common problems that can lead to tooth sensitivity are exposed roots, a cracked tooth, a loose filling or tooth decay. There’s no way to know which is exactly triggering your sensitivity on your own and sensitive toothpastes can only help so much. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Oliver at All About Smiles today so you can start enjoying all your favorite foods again.