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You may notice that when you bite or chew, you experience either pain, or just an uncomfortable feeling. You may also have the same sensation when you eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.

Sensitive teeth can be the result of any number of things. Cavities and cracks can cause sensitivity, along with loose fillings or other dental work. Gum disease, which can expose the roots of your teeth can be a contributing factor. A primary culprit is a lack of enamel on the surface of the tooth. Enamel can be compromised by grinding or clenching your teeth, a condition known as bruxism. Plaque is constantly building up on your teeth, and if that is not addressed, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

The best way to preserve the enamel of your teeth is to brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and to floss at least once a day. You should also make sure that you see your dentist for your regular cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can spot the places in your smile are lacking enamel. In addition to helping you find a solution for your tooth sensitivity, he will also clean the plaque and tartar from your teeth, lessening the chances that tooth sensitivity can develop. Your dentist may suggest using a toothbrush with softer bristles, changing your toothpaste, or increasing your fluoride intake.

You don’t have to live with sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, you can get real solutions during a visit with Dr. Paul Lee at Paul Lee, DDS, PC. If you live in the Fairfax, Virginia, area, call 703-352-9600 today to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!