Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints a dentist hears. That may be in part because the discomfort from the sensitivity is brought on by the things that we do on a daily basis. A glass of iced tea or a hot cup of coffee for instance, can be sources of real pain for a person with overly sensitive teeth.

It’s not just a matter or hot and cold. Anything that compromises the tooth enamel has the potential to add to the level of sensitivity. The enamel is what protects the more delicate inner layers of the tooth from exposure to risk. Acid is the natural enemy of tooth enamel. A diet made up of acidic foods and beverages will add to the deterioration of the enamel and make the tooth more susceptible to infection and decay.

Too much of a good thing? Brushing your teeth is a big part of a routine for good oral health, but it can be overdone. Too much or too vigorous brushing can contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel. Dentists often recommend using a soft bristle electric toothbrush that has an automatic timing sensor.

Tooth sensitivity is often a result of gum disease. As the condition progresses the gum tissue begins to recede, leaving the way open for bacteria to reach the under layers of the tooth. Your dental hygienist will use a specifically designed cleaning method to get rid of plaque buildup and advise a regimen of home care.

Bruxism is another consideration. The persistent grinding and clenching motions will work to wear down your tooth enamel. Bruxism can be the result of excessive stress or a symptom of a sleep disorder. Your dentist may suggest wearing a nighttime mouth guard until the habit can be corrected.

Teeth whitening solutions contain peroxide. The deeper the stains are the stronger the bleaching agent must be. The high concentration can cause an elevation in tooth sensitivity, but If you have your teeth whitened professionally your dentist can apply a desensitizer as part of the procedure.

The variety of services offered at Spokane Valley Dentistry relates to all ages. Call the office @ 509-926-6261.