Minor tooth sensitivity is sometimes dismissed as a mere inconvenience. Some individuals will simply try to reduce its impact on their quality of life by cutting out certain foods and beverages or by brushing their teeth with a sensitivity toothpaste that has been formulated with potassium nitrate.
While these measures might provide some temporary relief from tooth sensitivity symptoms, a larger dental health condition could be developing. Having the source and severity of your tooth sensitivity professionally diagnosed by a dentist like Dr. Mark DeWitt can help catch a problem before it leads to more significant complications.
After assessing the nature and severity of the problem he will present you with an effective treatment plan.
In many of these cases the tooth sensitivity discomfort is linked by some degree to enamel erosion. The persistent presence of oral plaque acids and the frequent consumption of acidic beverages can expand the microscopic pores of your tooth enamel. In time it can expose the sensitive dentin layer within the tooth.
In a case like this our dentist might present a treatment plan that includes a simple fluoride treatment to help strengthen your tooth enamel to reduce the overall size of the microscopic pores. In a treatment plan like this he might also include the use of prescription fluoride supplements to help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel between dental checkups
If you live in the Lansing, Michigan, area and you have been dealing with tooth sensitivity, you should call 517-323-7926 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Mark L. DeWitt DDS.