Close up of a mouth about to bite into an ice cream cone to show that Dr. McMillan, your Burke, VA dentist can help with tooth sensitivity

Do sensitive teeth have you cringing when taking a spoonful of ice cream or sipping on a hot cup of coffee? Alexandria based dentist Dr. McMillan understands that sensitive teeth are nothing to smile about and that it’s, unfortunately, more common than many might think. In fact, according to Science Daily, at least 45 million Americans suffer from tooth sensitivity. A common cause is the exposure of a very sensitive, underlying part of the tooth called the dentin. A breakdown in the tooth’s defensive enamel or a lack of adequate protection along the gum line is all it takes to leave the dentin vulnerable. Various factors can cause tooth sensitivity, including:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Gingivitis and gum recession
  • Overly aggressive tooth brushing
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Plaque buildup and tooth decay
  • Highly acidic foods and beverages
  • Some mouthwashes

As one or more factors may be involved, it’s vital to properly pinpoint the culprits leading to the sensitivity issues. Here at McMillan & Associates, we have the necessary expertise and training to help you identify and treat any oral health concerns you may have, including that of tooth sensitivity. Don’t let your teeth bring your smile down by being overly sensitive. Contact your expert Alexandria dentist today, and kiss tooth sensitivity goodbye.

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