Have you noticed that your teeth ache when you eat something cold, hot or sweet? If it happens once and never occurs again, it’s probably not an immediate concern. However, if it’s a constant issue, you need to talk to a periodontist, like Dr. Ross.

Sensitive teeth can be one of the first signs of underlying gum disease. In its earliest stages, this common condition can be treated and symptoms reversed. In later stages, it can be managed through regular periodontal cleaning appointments and professional dental monitoring.

What causes the sensitivity? Two main factors are typically at play:

1. Gum recession. Receding gums go hand-in-hand with gum disease. As the connective tissues begin to break down due to a build-up of bacteria, they start to peel away from the teeth and tooth roots. This eventually leaves the roots at the mercy of any temperature changes. Consequently, you feel a jolt when you drink a glass of water or eat a piece of sugary cake.

2. Tooth decay. In addition to receding gums, tooth decay related to gum disease can also create a sensitive environment. As a tooth begins to lose its enamel, it becomes more susceptible to bacteria. A periodontist can fix this issue before it leads to tooth or bone loss.

To stop your dental concerns before they get worse, make an appointment to discuss your sensitive teeth. In Miami, FL, we frequently counsel adults who are having difficulty due to this problem. Many times, we can use advanced therapies, such as the minimally-invasive Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, to relieve gum recession symptoms, including sensitivity.

You deserve to have a mouth that enables you to enjoy life, as well as the foods you eat and beverages you drink. Call a periodontist immediately for a complete check-up if you’re living with sensitive teeth and gums.