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Feeling pain or a stinging sensation when you eat or drink, hot, cold, sweet, or acidic things can be more than just a nuisance. For many people, tooth sensitivity and the resulting limitations can seriously affect their quality of life. While you might find some relief from a toothpaste specially formulated to mitigate the effects of tooth sensitivity, it should not be viewed as a long-term treatment option.

In many cases, tooth sensitivity is a symptom of a more serious underlying problem. Identifying the source will help improve your chances of treatment success. In that light, your dentist, Dr. Reeve Abraben, offers the following potential tooth sensitivity causes to consider.

Tooth decay is a common cause of sensitivity. If Dr. Reeve Abraben doesn’t repair or restore the tooth with the cavity, it could lead to serious complications in the future.

Enamel erosion is also one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. The pervasive bacteria in your mouth and the effects of acidic foods and drinks you consume can erode tooth enamel minerals on a microscopic level. In time, this can form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.

One way to improve the strength of your tooth enamel is to have Dr. Reeve Abraben administer a simple fluoride treatment. This might also be followed by using prescription fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Sometimes tooth sensitivity is a result of something more mundane, such as a severe sinus infection. If this is the case, the sensitivity will be limited to the upper teeth when the congestion places pressure on deep dental nerves.

If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity in Lake City, Florida, you should call 386.752.1342 to seek treatment at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.