*When it comes to your mouth it is easy to take necessary functions for granted such as your teeth and gums. Sensitivity in these areas can cause discomfort and sometimes pain! Here is the difference between the two and ways to help the discomfort.*

Tooth sensitivity occurs with gum recession or a weakened enamel. Your tooth enamel protects the sensitive areas of your tooth such as the dentin. Without a strong enamel, you may experience discomfort. These are the two main causes of tooth sensitivity.

Cold, hot, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks may cause discomfort in your mouth. If they do cause pain or sensitivity it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to discuss the right treatment for you.

Tooth Sensitivity
Do feel sensitivity while brushing or flossing specific teeth? How about while eating or drinking something cold, hot, sweet, or acidic? There are a few different reasons as to why you are experiencing discomfort. Tooth fractures, receding gums, gum disease, exposed dentin, loose fillings, grinding of teeth, or brushing too hard may be the may source of your pain.

Gum Sensitivity
Gum sensitivity can be caused by gingivitis, also known as the beginning stage of gum disease. Swollen, tender, and bleeding gums are a few of many symptoms you may experience. As gingivitis progresses your gums will recede causing more sensitivity.

Ways To Treat and Prevent
Both gum and tooth sensitivity can lead to serious mouth health issues. The good news is it’s preventable and treatable! The best way to avoid sensitive gums and sensitive teeth are by practicing and maintaining good oral health. This starts with brushing your teeth twice and flossing daily. This can prevent plaque, gingivitis, and most importantly sensitivity. Consider a desensitizing toothpaste and fluoride gel to help strengthen your enamel.