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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 formulated with potassium nitrate, which mitigates the effects of tooth sensitivity, it should not be viewed as a long-term treatment option.

Enamel erosion is one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The 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 in the enamel that lead to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.

Tooth decay is also a common cause of sensitivity. You will need to have your dentist, Dr. Sheldon Sullivan, treat the tooth decay to cease the sensitivity. In time, untreated tooth decay can even result in a dangerous infection and potential loss of the tooth.

In many cases, your tooth enamel can be strengthened by 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.

If you’ve been struggling with tooth sensitivity in Gilbert, Arizona, you should not delay in contacting Artistry in Dentistry at 480-374-5562 for diagnosis and treatment.