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Tooth sensitivity problems can have a significant adverse effect on your overall quality of life. Beyond the discomfort from consuming hot, cold, sweet or sour foods, it can also be a symptom of a more serious dental problem. Investigating the cause of your tooth sensitivity will increase your chances of finding an effective treatment plan.

The natural bacteria in your mouth and the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages can cause enamel erosion. This essentially erodes the mineral density of the tooth enamel, creating microscopic channels to the sensitive dentin layer of a tooth. This is often one of the more common causes of tooth sensitivity. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh, can administer a simple fluoride treatment in San Francisco, California, or prescribe fluoride supplements to strengthen your tooth enamel.

Undetected or untreated cavities can also compromise multiple teeth and thus expose the sensitive dentin of multiple teeth. This is usually associated with a change in texture and increased sensitivity in one or more teeth. It’s a good idea to have Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh repair the cavities before the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth.

Tooth sensitivity can also be linked to more mundane sources. A chronic sinus infection can sometimes apply significant pressure to the key nerves that relate to your teeth. A key symptom of this would be if the sensitivity is limited to just your upper teeth. Your physician can help explore your treatment options, which might include prescription decongestant, which can relieve the pressure on the nerves.

If you have been struggling with tooth sensitivity issues, you should call 415.682.6377 to schedule an appointment at Niloufer G. Hamsayeh, DDS.