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Are there moments when your teeth suddenly hurt? For example, if you take a bite or a drink of something cold, hot or sugary, do you experience pain, or another sensation in your teeth for a moment or two? You are dealing with sensitive teeth, and there can be several causes.

You may have a crack in your tooth. Often, such cracks are so small that they do not show up on a dental x-ray, so you should let your dentist know when and where your pain occurs. Other causes include cavities and problems with your tooth enamel. Your tooth enamel can be compromised by grinding your teeth or teeth that strike one another at improper angles, or by acid from reflux and gastrointestinal problems. Gum disease which can expose the root your tooth can create sensitive teeth, as can fillings that are worn down.

Your dentist may suggest using a root canal; or a fluoride treatment to strengthen your tooth. It may be necessary to place a crown or a bond on your tooth, or you may just need a toothpaste to desensitize your teeth. If gum disease has led to an exposed root, a gum graft may be in order.

You can prevent sensitive teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing once day, and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.

You don’t have to suffer from sensitive teeth. Our dentist, Dr. David Duke will be happy to give you an exam and suggest ways to strengthen your teeth and take steps to make sure that sensitive teeth don’t keep interrupting your life. If you live in the Bountiful, Utah area, you can call 801-295-7171 to make an appointment at Dental Designs of Bountiful.