The causes of teeth sensitivity and how to avoid it

The causes of teeth sensitivity and how to avoid it

November 01, 2022 - by Dr. Alpa Dalal - in Health

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Ever felt a sudden sharp pain in the tooth after consuming hot or cold drinks? This is teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity is due to enamel erosion and exposure of dentine on the tooth. It can affect one or several teeth. Teeth sensitivity is treatable. Sometimes using desensitizing toothpaste helps. This does not apply to all. If your sensitivity doesn’t subside by using desensitizing toothpaste, call the best dentist near you.

Here are the reasons for tooth sensitivity and how to prevent it

Treatment depends on symptoms and cause. Symptoms can be mild to intensive, and temporary or chronic.

Rigorously brushing

Daily aggressive brushing with a hard bristle brush can wear off the enamel exposing the dentin. Dentin exposure further leads to sensitivity of teeth. Proper gentle brushing methods with a soft bristle brush can prevent tooth sensitivity.

Decayed teeth

Decay, cracked or chipped teeth, and worn-out filling causes dentin to be exposed and causes tooth sensitivity. Consult the best dentist near you for the filling of teeth or you can schedule an appointment with Dr Dalal’s dental office.

Teeth grinding

Grinding or clenching the teeth at night is called bruxism. Stress-induced bruxism can further cause the temporomandibular joint disorder. Dentists recommend mouth guards be woven at night.

Gum diseases

Gum disease like inflamed or bleeding gums causes recession of gums exposing the root and causing sudden sharp stimuli in response to cold or hot food. Dentists will thoroughly examine and treat the underlying cause with gum craft.

Regular eating of acidic or cold beverages

Regular eating of citric fruits, tea, or carbonated drinks causes enamel erosion. Limiting consumption of the above foods can prevent sensitivity.

Gastroesophageal reflux

Acid from the stomach comes up in the esophagus and causes acidity. Acidity in turn erodes the enamel surface. This can be treated by a Gastroenterologist doctor. The doctor will prescribe essential
medicine for your symptoms.

Temporary sensitivity

Teeth whitening treatment, or getting a filling or crown causes temporary sensitivity. This type of sensitivity will wear off in 1 or 2 days. If this temporary sensitivity doesn’t go away, call the dentist near you.

See your dentist regularly to get a routine dental checkup, cleaning, and fluoride treatment. Family dentists may apply dentin sealer or varnish if needed. Dr. Dalal will advise you on all affordable alternative treatments to reduce teeth sensitivity. Do visit or schedule an appointment at Dr. Dalal’s office for the best dental treatment.

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