Don’t Ignore Your Tooth Sensitivity

Many of us experience some form of tooth sensitivity. It is estimated that approximately 35% of Americans deal with this routinely. Whether it is hot or cold that is affecting you, you should not put off seeing a professional, as preventive care is always best.

Today, your Cerritos, CA dentist writes to you about some common causes of dentin sensitivity, some possible remedies, and what you should tell your dentist when you see them!

What Could Be The Cause?

One important thing to remember in this situation is that knowledge is key to unlocking a viable solution to your tooth sensitivity. Different causes can cause different sensations, and at different times. Keeping track of any acute feelings may help you to realize what ails you.

Sometimes people experience sharp pain due to head or cold foods and beverages. If this is the case, be sure to let your trained oral health professional know of this at your regular examination and cleaning. And in the mean time, try your best to avoid these situations.

Track Your Clues

For other people, sweet things may cause pain. Make sure that you keep this area of the mouth particularly clean of any leftover food debris. There may be a break in the tooth, or a cavity has become so deep that there is an infection within the dentin structure itself.

If this is the case, you will most likely need a root canal. During this procedure, the dentist performs a pulpectomy, in which they remove the root of the tooth, as well as the nerves in the pulp. This effectively renders this area of the mouth dead, as bloodflow has been removed. The hard structures remain, however, and are typically capped with a crown for more support.

Some Tooth Sensitivity Remedies

In the time between now and when you see your dentist, you may experience some pain or discomfort in your mouth. So what can be done to mitigate the sensitivity and damage? Here are a few common aids for you!

Often, our mouths are dehydrated, which can cause many different problems. Our gums are unable to function properly and may recede, exposing the root of the tooth. This may cause tooth loss if left unattended. If this is the case, speak with your dentist about the possibility of a free gingival graft to restore your gumline.

Whitening your teeth may also weaken the enamel. If you go to a professional for your whitening, it may be necessary to cut down or cease this activity. Your whitening toothpaste may also be leading to this, so please limit them if you cannot cut them out entirely.

Bruxism, or the grinding of teeth, can also cause immense damage to the mouth. Wearing can occur, causing shortening. This can expose the internal anatomy, causing discomfort. If this is the case, a night guard might suit you. This will prevent grinding overnight, limiting further damage. It’s possible that porcelain veneers might help you.

And there are numerous toothpastes on the market that might help you. It may aid you to change to one of these. Use a soft-bristled brush, as well.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.