What’s Changed?

Tooth sensitivity can change at any time. You can be going along enjoying all the foods that you always have when all of a sudden you bite into an ice cream bar for instance, and WOW! Where did that pain come from?

There are various reasons for the onset of such sensitivity, but your symptoms will tell your dentist a lot. If your pain is contained to a single tooth for example, it probably means that you have a cavity or that you’ve cracked or otherwise damaged that tooth. If on the other hand, your entire mouth is hurting chances are that something about the way you care for your teeth or something in your diet has changed.

Tell your dentist if you’ve switched toothpastes, some are more abrasive than others. If you’ve recently gone from a manual brush to an electronic one you may be applying too much pressure which can break down the surface enamel of your teeth making them more sensitive.

If you’ve introduced a particularly acidic food to your regular diet, maybe you’ve been on vacation eating more exotic dishes than your mouth is used to experiencing, it could definitely stimulate sensitivity. If this is the case the reaction should go away as soon as things get back to normal.

Has your stress level increased? A common reaction to stress or anxiety is to start grinding or clenching your teeth. These actions are often involuntary so you may not even realize what’s happening but eventually your tooth enamel will show signs of the wear and tear.

Allergies often bring on uncontrollable fits of sneezing that after some time will put a lot of pressure on your teeth. Sinus conditions that provoke persistent blowing and sneezing can produce a similar effect.

Before you see your dentist take a mental inventory of any of these changes that may have occurred in your day to day lifestyle. Once a diagnosis is made treatment can begin and relief from your symptoms will follow. Call Spokane Valley Dentistry @ 509-926-6261 and make your appointment today.