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Woodbridge, VA 22192
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By The Dental Spa
September 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sensitive Teeth  

If you have a tooth that hurts when you eat something cold or sweet, you may have sensitive teeth. So what's causing this issue, and what can be done to treat it?

What causes sensitivity?
Your teeth are covered by a hard outer layer of enamel, and they are covered by a similar protective layer under the gumline. Under thisTooth Sensitivity protective layer is a softer, more porous material called "dentin". Dentin is filled with microscopic tubes, as well as nerve endings.

If your teeth are sensitive, something has caused your teeth to lose enamel. This exposes the dentin, leaving the nerve endings vulnerable to heat, cold, or other painful stimuli.

How Cam I Find Out What Caused My Sensitivity?

Many conditions can cause the wearing down of enamel, resulting in sensitive teeth. To pinpoint the cause, please come into one of our Woodbridge, VA dental offices for an evaluation.

These are some of the conditions that can cause sensitivity:

  • Damage to teeth such as chips or cracks can expose the dentin.
  • Tooth decay can also result in enamel damage.
  • Gum disease can cause the gums to pull back, exposing the roots of the teeth.
  • Dental work like cleaning or crowns may temporarily perturb the dentin, leaving it sensitive.
  • Acidic foods can eat away at enamel, exposing dentin.
  • Buildup of plaque can lead to bacteria that attack your tooth enamel.
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth can wear down your tooth enamel.
  • Overly aggressive or frequent brushing can also damage tooth enamel.

What can a dentist do?
The dentists at The Dental Spa of Woodbridge, VA will first find the cause of your pain, then determine the best course of treatment. If a tooth is damaged or decayed, they can repair the tooth. If you have gum disease, they can perform cleanings and other treatments as necessary. If you're grinding your teeth, they can give you a night guard. Your dentists can also recommend special toothpaste, and give you advice on oral hygiene to help maintain your teeth in the best shape possible.

Tired of having to avoid cold ice cream or hot coffee? Let your Woodbridge dentists at The Dental Spa in Virginia restore your teeth. Call (703) 580-1443 or (703) 580-8288 today!


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