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What’s the Difference Between Sensitive Gums and Sensitive Teeth?

Do some foods or beverages hurt your teeth?

When daily rituals such as eating lunch or sipping tea become uncomfortable, it’s time to identify the cause. Here’s how to identify a tooth sensitivity from a gum sensitivity, and what to do about it.

Tooth Sensitivity

If you’ve ever found yourself wincing after an ice cold cup of lemonade chances are you have a tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is characterized as pain experienced in the teeth caused by receding gums, worn tooth enamel, loose fillings, or gum disease. A person with sensitive teeth may find it difficult to enjoy hot, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages.

Gum Sensitivity

Gum sensitivity is characterized as an uncomfortable sensation in the bottom and/or top gum line. Gum sensitivity can result from poor oral hygiene, gingivitis, tobacco use, and even pregnancy. If you’re experiencing gum sensitivity, bleeding gums, or have foul breath, you may have gingivitis.

What Can I Do?

Although both issues are highly uncomfortable, both can be treated and prevented. The best way to avoid sensitive gums or sensitive teeth is to practice and maintain good oral health. You can do this by brushing twice a day, flossing, and visiting your dentist for routine check-ups. If it has been more than 6 months since your last dental checkup, it’s time to make an appointment today!

Family Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care

Whether you need a wisdom tooth extracted or a professional cleaning, Catonsville Dental Care has the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat your problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. We offer a suite of services including dental implants, cleanings, Invisalign, and routine preventative dental treatments. We look forward to helping keep you smiling all year long. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at (410) 747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.