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Tooth sensitivity discomfort often occurs when you consume hot, cold, sweet, or acidic substances. While you might be able to mask or mitigate discomfort by brushing your teeth with a special toothpaste, it might simply leave an unknown oral health condition untreated. Left untreated the discomfort can increase or allow the underlying cause to escalate into something even more serious.

Determining the primary factors in your tooth sensitivity problems can help Dr. Scott develop an effective treatment plan to restore the comfort of your mouth. Demineralized tooth enamel from poor oral hygiene and acid exposure from beverages is a frequent cause of tooth sensitivity. In time, this can form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth. It also leaves your teeth at an increased risk of suffering cavities.

Should this prove to be a factor, Dr. Scott might recommend administering a fluoride treatment at the end of your routine dental exam. Then he might also follow this up by the daily use of prescription fluoride supplements. This can help restore the mineral density of your tooth enamel to reduce tooth sensitivity symptoms.

Cavities on multiple teeth can also cause tooth sensitivity. If you procrastinate having them repaired at Dr. Scott’s clinic, the problem will persist. In time, it could even lead to tooth loss or other serious oral health conditions.

It’s also worth noting that something as simple as a chronic sinus infection can also cause tooth sensitivity symptoms in the upper teeth. The pressure in the sinus cavities can apply unnatural pressure to the nerves of your upper teeth. This might require a prescription decongestant from your primary physician.

If you live in the Alexandria, Virginia area and you are struggling with tooth sensitivity, you should call 703-354-0111 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at McQuiston Dental.