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Tooth sensitivity is a somewhat common problem for millions of Americans. While some people might find temporary relief by brushing with a specially formulated toothpaste, this should not be seen as an effective long-term treatment solution. Many times, tooth sensitivity is linked to another oral health issue that could need professional diagnosis and treatment before it escalates.

To better help you identify the cause of your tooth sensitivity, Dr. Jacob Shrayman offers the following insights.

Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene regimen and the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages can cause enamel erosion. This essentially erodes the mineral density of the tooth enamel, creating microscopic channels to the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. This is often one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity.

For teeth in this condition, Dr. Jacob Shrayman can start to remediate the problem with a simple fluoride treatment or by prescribing fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Undetected or untreated cavities can also compromise multiple teeth and thus expose the sensitive dentin of multiple teeth. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. It’s best to have your dentist repair the cavities before the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth.

It’s also possible for a chronic sinus infection to cause tooth sensitivity. The undue pressure in the sinuses can apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. A key symptom of this would be if the sensitivity is limited to just your upper teeth. Your physician can help explore your treatment options, which might include taking prescription decongestant that can relieve the pressure on the nerves.

If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity issues and you live in the Verona, New Jersey, area, you should call 973-239-3555 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Jacob Shrayman, DDS.