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You may notice when you enjoy something sweet, hot or cold, your teeth react with pain or another sensation. This may also occur when your teeth are exposed to cold air. While these things may mean that you have a crack in one of your teeth, often these conditions are symptoms of sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of things, such as worn enamel from brushing too vigorously, or from food and drinks with high acid contents. If you have reflux problems or suffer from anorexia or bulimia, the acid from your stomach can lead to sensitive teeth. Bruxism, or grinding your teeth can also wear down the enamel.  Receding gums from disease or age can cause teeth to become sensitive from exposed roots. Cavities and loose or lost dental work can lead to tooth sensitivity.

If you have sensitive teeth, you may not want to brush as often as you should. In the end, this only contributes to tooth decay and gum disease. Our dentist, Dr. Jurgina Elezi can suggest some solutions

You may need to have a cavity filled or dental work repaired or replaced. A gum graft or root canal may solve the problem. Your dentist may be able to place a crown over the tooth, or you might benefit from fluoride treatments or supplements. You may also be able to address the problem by making adjustments to your diet, or by using a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.

If you ignore problems with your teeth, the problems will only go away when your teeth do. To keep your teeth, and to keep them healthy, you need to make an appointment at Coddington Dental in Quincy, Massachusetts, by calling 617-729-4091.