A sharp pain or stinging sensation in your teeth when you eat hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods, can be a warning sign of something more serious. While you might find some relief from using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth, you should still investigate the underlying source of the problem. In some cases it might be mundane or it could be an early warning sign of something that needs attention before it develops into something worse.
Enamel erosion caused by acidic foods and the natural processes of bacteria in your mouth, is one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. Brushing your teeth with a toothpaste that has added fluoride is rarely enough to resolve the problem. You should still talk to your dentist about a simple fluoride treatment and fluoride supplements.
Advance tooth decay can expose the sensitive pulp or root of a tooth. In a situation like this you would feel sensitivity predominantly in a single tooth. If this is the case, you need to call your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment to repair the tooth before it advances into something more serious.
A sinus infection can apply pressure to nerve in the face and lead to short term tooth sensitivity. In a situation like this you should talk to your physician about your treatment options. Sometimes a prescription decongestant can relieve the pressure and allow your mouth to return to normal.
If you are having trouble identifying the source of your tooth sensitivity, please feel free to call us at 770-787-6453 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you restore to the normal function of your mouth