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Pain in one or more teeth when you eat hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods, should be taken as a warning sign of a potentially serious problem. There are several competitive brands of toothpaste that have been specially formulated to mitigate the pain and discomfort caused by sensitive teeth. While this might provide some short term relief, it’s still a good idea to investigate the underlying source of the problem.

Enamel erosion from acidic foods and the bacteria in your mouth is one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. As the enamel is demineralized it creates microscopic channels through the enamel layer, exposing the sensitive interior pulp. In a situation like this Dr. Mario J. Roybal can administer a simple fluoride treatment or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Multiple areas of tooth decay can also compromise the interior of your teeth making them sensitive to temperature changes and certain foods. In a situation like this you might notice your sensitivity issues are linked to just one or two teeth. It’s a good idea to call Dr. Mario J. Roybal as soon as possible to have the cavities properly addressed. If they not repaired early it could lead to a serious infection in the root or total loss of the tooth.

A simple sinus infection can apply pressure to the nerves in your face, which then also affects your teeth. If this is the case the sensitivity would be limited to just your upper teeth. Your physician can help explore your treatment options, which might include prescription decongestant can relieve the pressure on the nerves.

If you are having trouble identifying the source of your tooth sensitivity, please feel free to call Dr. Mario J. Roybal at 228-388-4519 to schedule an appointment.