Hello doctor, this is Naveen, I have a toothache just recently started say about couple of weeks ago and it is not because of tooth decay or broken or damaged. I think I have tooth sensitivity, can't eat bitter food or cold food products and beverages. Any suggestions?
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Tooth sensitivity — also known as dentin hypersensitivity — affects the tooth or exposed root surfaces. This occurs when the enamel that protects our teeth gets thinner, or when gum recession occurs, exposing the underlying surface, the dentin, thus, reducing the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and root. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you may have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can come and go over time. Causes:
There are many causes of tooth sensitivity, including:
Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or brushing too aggressively
Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages
Tooth erosion due to bulimia or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Gum recession that leaves your root surface exposed
There are several conditions which can cause pain, but which are not tooth sensitivity:
A cracked or chipped tooth
Grinding or clenching the teeth
Leakage around restorations
External tooth bleaching
Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If you brush your teeth incorrectly, or over-brush, your gums may become sensitive. Brushing properly twice daily for 2 minutes with toothpaste that does not have high levels of abrasives, and flossing once a day, can help reduce the chance of tooth sensitivity. A diet low in acidic foods (tomatoes, pickles, tea, citrus fruits) and drinks also helps prevent tooth sensitivity.
Apply Plantago Q/ few drops on cotton swab, place it on the affected teeth and press it tightly, do it thrice a day.
Orally, take Mag. Phos. 6x/ after every 2 hours.
Do visit a dentist for proper diagnosis, share the reports with me. In case possible, will help you in treating your problem.
This toothache is because of dentinal hypersensitivity due to gum recession over certain areas of teeth.
Gum flap surgery with bone graft will be best treatment for your prolem.
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