How to Deal with Sensitive Teeth

TOOTH SENSITIVITY: Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, make your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that involves discomfort or pain in teeth when encountering certain substances and temperatures. The pain is often sharp and sudden and may shoot into the tooth's nerve endings. Fortunately, sensitive teeth can be treated and the condition can improve.

Some Common Triggers for Sensitive Teeth

A range of things can trigger a tooth sensation for people with sensitive teeth. Here are some of the most common triggers for tooth sensitivity:

  • Eating cold food or drinking cold drinks

  • Eating hot food or drinking hot drinks

  • Eating sugary or sour foods

  • Breathing in cold air

  • Brushing teeth

Factors that contribute to sensitive teeth may include:

  1. Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. This can wear down enamel, causing dentin to become exposed, or encourage gum recession.

  2. Gum recession. This often happens in people suffering from periodontal disease, and it exposes the dentin.

  3. Gingivitis. Inflamed and sore gum tissue can result in exposure of the tooth's root.

  4. Cracked teeth. These can become filled with bacteria from plaque and cause inflammation in the pulp of the tooth. In more severe cases, it may lead to abscess and infection.

  5. Teeth grinding or clenching. This can wear down enamel.

  6. Plaque Buildup.

  7. Dental procedures. Teeth may be sensitive after a professional cleaning, root planing, crown replacement, cavity restorations with fillings and other tooth restoration procedures. Usually, the pain will disappear in four to six weeks.

Sensitive Teeth Treatment

If you have sensitive teeth, don’t neglect your daily oral care routine. Just be sure to use a soft toothbrush and soft floss. You can also try a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Several brands are available, and you should notice some improvement with regular use of any of them.

See your dental professional for proper assessment and to find out the best steps to take for treatment. Schedule your appointment with our dental experts at Jehangir OraCare Dental Centre or give us a call on +91-8149060597

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