How to deal with tooth sensitivity

What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem in India as 1 out of 3 people

suffer from tooth sensitivity. The pain is often sharp and sudden and there’s

discomfort in the teeth as a response to certain substances and temperature.

Tooth sensitivity develops over time because of receding gums and enamel

wear due to poor oral health which exposes the dentine. The pain might

come and go and may range from mild to intense.

Reasons for tooth sensitivity:

1. Teeth grinding or clenching can wear down enamel

2. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing hard causes the enamel to wear


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


4. Cracked teeth can cause inflammation in the pulp of the tooth.

5. Acidic foods. These can encourage enamel reduction.

6. Alcohol based- mouth washes contain acid and long term use of the same

can damage the dentin layer and make it all the more sensitive.

7. Dental procedures like root canal, cleaning, tooth restoration could cause

sensitivity and pain.

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth:

1. Use desensitizing toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpastes are recommended for

sensitive teeth.

2. Laser assisted pain management.

3. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

4. Avoid highly acidic foods.

5. Avoid teeth grinding.

6. Bonding, crowns or inlays fix a tooth that is causing sensitivity

7. Fluoride gel or varnish.

8. Root canal treatment is the last-option for severe tooth sensitivity that has not

been helped by other methods.

A tooth sensitivity may seem common but it’s safe to get a consultation by a

doctor immediately before getting any other dental problem and ensure your

oral health.

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