Sensitive NPBCAFor some of us, tooth sensitivity can be a really nagging issue, and it can even cause harm to your daily routine. Whether you have been dealing with this for years, or if it is something that has recently started, you should not delay care, and rarely does the situation improve on its own.

Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist talks to you a little bit about some common causes of tooth sensitivity, and also some relieving possibilities available to you!

What Could Be The Cause?

With any situation, a solution can only be found if you proactively identify the problem. With oral health, this can be especially tricky. We consume many things over the course of a day, let alone weeks or months.

Around 40 million Americans currently experience some form of tooth sensitivity. This comes out to over 10% of our population. So if you were feeling uneasy about speaking with your dentist, know that this is very common and nothing to be squeamish about.

But it is important to document the times when you experience pain or discomfort from your mouth. Did it occur when you ate something cold? Something hot? Do certain textures make you uneasy or scared to eat?

Whatever the case may be, please write these situations down and give them to your dentist. The more accurate a depiction we have of symptoms can be a huge help in determining treatment.  The rate of pain also helps a dentist to know the urgency and possible cause, as well.

Every Bit Helps

Certain things tend to hurt consistently, and others will give you a sudden sharp pain from time to time. Knowing these tell-tale signs are incredibly beneficial in diagnosis.

Is the pain located in one tooth, in a group of them, or in the mouth as a whole? This also can be a sign of different diagnoses. For instance, in individual tooth pain, it may be helpful to look for a crack or chip in the tooth. If there is an infection within the structure, the resulting pressure may be causing you pain. Or resulting inflammation and redness can lead to discomfort.

Don’t Wait

At any rate, if you are experiencing any pain that is not allowing you to live your daily life, it is time to see an oral health care professional.

If, at any point, you believe your situation to be life-threatening, always see an emergency room. This is especially true in any case where you will not stop bleeding. If it isn’t an emergency issue, be sure to document these issues as they occur. Real-time documentation does wonders when it comes time to pinpoint a cause.

Get An Examination Today!

If you want to know how we can identify the cause of your tooth sensitivity, or to schedule an appointment, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!