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Sensitive teeth are a common problem, but an important one to pay attention to. This is because it may be a sign of a deeper issue. Here at Riverlake Family Dental in Sacramento, CA, our team is happy to give you more information.

Here’s a basic list of possible explanations for your sensitive teeth:

Gum Disease: the pockets that form above your gumline may expose the sensitive roots of your teeth.

Worn Dental Fillings: If your filling is starting to wear out, your teeth may be sensitive when you bite down, or if the cavity underneath is exposed to hot and cold.

Tooth Decay: Bacteria may have penetrated the nerves of your teeth, telling you that you need a dental filling or root canal.

Small Cracks: If you tear something tough with your teeth or have an accident, you may develop a microscopic crack in your teeth that will make it difficult for you to bite down without experiencing a little pain.

Enamel Erosion: Prolonged and regular exposure to acids from food or bodily fluids can wear down your tooth enamel, exposing it to the more sensitive dentin underneath.

Your dentist, Dr. Garland, can give you professional and expert advice on the reason for your sensitive teeth and provide appropriate treatment. It’s important to see him as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you can try to alleviate the sensitivity by brushing your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste or fluoride gels. These can be found in most drugstores and supermarkets. It helps to look for packages with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure a product that is effective and safe. If you struggle with sensitive teeth and would like assistance, or it’s simply time for a dental checkup, please call us today at 916-422-1823.