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Do your teeth hurt when you inhale a breath of cold air, or when sipping hot cocoa? If so, you are not alone! This sudden tooth pain arises with tooth sensitivity and is one of the most common dental conditions we see in our practice.  At Saigh Family Dental in Iron River, Michigan, Dr. Frederick Saigh, III and Dr. Andrew Rasmussen can help you with your tooth sensitivity issues.

Inside your pearly whites, there are tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) which carry fluid to the nerves. When the fluid moves within the tubes, you can experience irritation in the nerves. Normally your dentin is protected by the hard layer of enamel on top, but if you have gums which have receded, or your enamel has worn down, this can allow the tubules to be exposed.

Once your tubules are exposed, you can experience sudden, sharp pain from eating or drinking cold or hot foods, touching your teeth, or exposing your teeth to cold air. What causes your enamel to diminish? Brush your teeth too hard, prolonged exposure to acidic foods and drinks, like soda, citrus juices or fruit, and conditions like acid reflux or bulimia–all erode precious tooth enamel. So what can help relieve sensitive teeth?

— Using a desensitizing toothpaste

— Dental sealants

— Fluoride

— Limiting soda and acidic foods

— Brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush

If you are currently experiencing the effects of tooth sensitivity, you may also want to see our dentists, Dr. Frederick Saigh, III or Dr. Andrew Rasmussen, to rule out a cavity or abscess.

If you suspect that you might have tooth sensitivity, please call 906-265-0050 to schedule an appointment. At Saigh Family Dental in Iron River, Michigan, Dr. Frederick Saigh, III and Dr. Andrew Rasmussen want to help you maintain your smile healthy smile!