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Sensitivity Of Teeth

Dr. Isha Malhotra 93% (5326 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Sensitivity Of Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is tooth discomfort in one or more teeth that is triggered by hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks, or even by breathing cold air. The pain can be sharp, sudden, and shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth - the dentin - becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue (the protective blanket that covers the tooth roots). The roots, which are not covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth's never center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow the stimuli - for example, the hot, cold, or sweet food - to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.

There are many factors that may lead to the development of tooth sensitivity, including.

  • Brushing too hard. Over time, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down enamel and cause the dentin to be exposed. It can also cause recession of the gums (the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth).

  • Recession of the gums. As gums move away from a tooth due to conditions such as periodontal disease, the root surface becomes exposed.
  • Gum disease (gingivitis). Inflamed and sore gum tissue may cause sensitivity due to the loss of supporting ligaments, which exposes the root surface that leads directly to the nerve of the tooth.
  • Cracked teeth. Chipped or broken teeth may fill with bacteria from plaque and enter the pulp causing Inflammation.
  • Teeth grinding . grinding or clenching your teeth may wear down the enamel and expose underlying dentin.
  • Tooth whitening products or toothpaste with baking soda and peroxide. These products are major contributors to teeth sensitivity.
  • Your age. Tooth sensitivity is highest between the ages of 25 and 30.
  • Plaque build-up. The presence of plaque on the root surfaces can cause sensitivity.

  • Mouthwash use. Long-term use of some mouthwashes. Some over-the-counter mouthwashes contain acids that can worsen tooth sensitivity if you have exposed dentin (the middle layer of the tooth). The acids further damage the dentin layer of the tooth. If you have dentin sensitivity, ask your dentist about the use of a neutral fluoride solution.

  • Acidic foods. Regular consumption of foods with a high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles and tea, can cause enamel erosion.

  • Recent routine dental procedures. Sensitivity can occur following teeth cleaning, root planing, crown placement, and tooth restoration. Sensitivity caused by dental procedures is temporary, usually disappearing in 4 to 6 weeks.

What Can I Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Continue to follow proper brushing and flossing techniques to thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth.

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush. This will result in less toothbrush abrasion to the tooth surface and less irritation to your gums. Brush gently and carefully around the gum line so you do not remove more gum tissue.
  • Use desensitizing toothpaste. There are several brands of toothpaste available for sensitive teeth. With regular use you should notice a decrease in sensitivity. You may need to try several different brands to find the product that works best for you. Another tip. spread a thin layer of the toothpaste on the exposed tooth roots with your finger or a Q-tip before you go to bed. Do not use a tartar control toothpaste; rather, use a fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Watch what you eat. Frequent consumption of highly acid foods can gradually dissolve tooth enamel and lead to dentin exposure. They may also aggravate the sensitivity and start the pain reaction.
  • Use fluoridated dental products. Daily use of a fluoridated mouth rinse can decrease sensitivity. Ask your dentist about available products for home use.
  • Avoid teeth grinding. If you grind or clench your teeth, use a mouth guard at night.
  • See your dentist at regular intervals. Get professional tooth cleaning, oral hygiene instructions, and fluoride treatments every 6 months.

If you still have discomfort, talk to your dentist. There may be some dental procedures that may help reduce sensitivity, including the use of.

  • White fillings (bonding) to cover exposed root surfaces
  • Fluoride varnishes applied to the exposed root surface
  • Dentin sealers applied to the exposed root surface
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Hello, My teeth are so sensitive and facing cavity problem. I have no addition of alcohol,guthka,smoking etc. Please advise.

Dr. Anupreet Kaur Choudhury 92% (7829 ratings)
MDS
Dentist, Kolkata
Hello, My teeth are so sensitive and facing cavity problem. I have no addition of alcohol,guthka,smoking etc. Please ...
Use sensoform toothpaste twice daily, if the sensitivity still doesnot subside, then see a dentist in person.
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My teeth are so sensitive and facing cavity problem. I have no addition of alcohol, gutka, smoking etc.Please advise.

Dr. Isha Malhotra 93% (5326 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
My teeth are so sensitive and facing cavity problem. I have no addition of alcohol, gutka, smoking etc.Please advise.
Kindly visit a dentist to assess the problem. Better. To assess the depth of cavity. To give a better review of the problem .you can take senquel f paste two times daily for 15 days.
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Recently I had some Mango drink from KFC unknowingly I sipped the last ice cubes ,from then I have some pain and sensitivity in one side of my mouth. I thought it will go away in time, but it doesn't seem too. Please recommended some home remedies.

Dr. Isha Malhotra 93% (5326 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Gurgaon
Recently I had some Mango drink from KFC unknowingly I sipped the last ice cubes ,from then I have some pain and sens...
Kindly use sensitivity paste ..senquel f paste apply over affected part two to three times a day .. and brush with same
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6 Signs You Might be Suffering From Periodontal Disease

Dr. Divya Swarup 90% (56 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Noida
6 Signs You Might be Suffering From Periodontal Disease

Many adults suffer from Periodontal disease, which may result in slight swelling of the gums or something more severe as grave damage to the bone and tissue, which holds on to the teeth. After the onset of Periodontal disease, dental care is essential as it will determine the progress of the condition. 

What are some of the causes of Periodontal disease?

  1. Smoking is one of the main causes of gum diseases. Moreover, it also reduces chances of effective treatment.
  2. Hormonal changes in women make the gums increasingly sensitive; as a result they become more susceptible to the onset of gingivitis.
  3. Diabetic patients are more likely to develop infection of the gums.
  4. The ongoing treatment for serious medical conditions like AIDs and cancer can also cause Periodontal Disease.
  5. Genetics also plays an essential role in the onset of gums diseases. 

What are the symptoms of Periodontal disease?

  1. Persistent foul breath 
  2. Red inflamed gums 
  3. Tender gums with some amount of bleeding 
  4. A sensation of pain while chewing food 
  5. Loose teeth
  6. Teeth sensitivity 

In case these symptoms are experienced, a dentist should be immediately consulted.

How is Periodontal disease treated?

  1. The most effective way of treating Periodontal disease, is by controlling the progression of the condition. The type of treatment generally depends on the extent of the disease. 
  2. Generally the doctor begins treatment by cleaning out the plaque, through a process called scaling and root planing. Scaling gets rid of the tartar from the gums and root planing removes rough spots from the root of the tooth, where bacteria generally accumulate and breed. Sometimes, a laser is also used for the same. 
  3. After the cleaning is done, certain medicines are recommended and the doctor recommends strict oral care. 
  4. If the diseases continue to worsen, a surgical treatment may be recommended. 
  5. Some surgical treatments include flap surgery and bone and tissue grafts.
  6. Scaling should be done every 6months.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Is sensodine repair and protect toothpaste good doc? Why do I feel pain in my molars every time I use it? Kindly suggest good toothpaste for sensitive teeth to use after flap surgery. Thank you.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 94% (11616 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Is sensodine repair and protect toothpaste good doc? Why do I feel pain in my molars every time I use it?
Kindly sugg...
Don't expect the toothpaste to do more than cleaning the teeth... What they show in advertisement never happens... You are feeling pain because you may have tooth sensitivity. You can use homoeopathic toothpaste heclalava by wheezal.
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My father recently cleaned his teeth, but due to that SENSITIVITY has become very much. Even light cold water cause irritation. Please tell some solution. 3 weeks have passed.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 94% (11616 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
My father recently cleaned his teeth, but due to that SENSITIVITY has become very much. Even light cold water cause i...
Use homoeopathic toothpaste Heclalava by wheezal Take vitamin C supplements Massage gums with turmeric and salt twice daily.
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I have dental problem .yellow layer on my teeth and also sensitivity problem. I couldn't feel freshness mouth.

Dr. Shally Mahajan 90% (201 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics, LASERS, BOTOX AND DERMAL FILLERS, USA, RGDC Bangalore
Dentist, Lucknow
I have dental problem .yellow layer on my teeth and also sensitivity problem. I couldn't feel freshness mouth.
Dear lybrate-user it may be that the enamel or the outer layer of your teeth has been worn out. It can be due to wrong positioning of teeth or any habbit. It can be very well treated. please fix an appointment to know more.
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My teeth is yellow. I want to do teeth whitening or bleaching done by dentist. Is teeth whitening or bleaching can cause teeth sensitivity? please explain in detail about the procedure? I am worried whether it can cause teeth sensitivity?

Dr. Puneet Kansal 90% (221 ratings)
MDS - Orthodontics
Dentist, Meerut
My teeth is yellow. I want to do teeth whitening or bleaching done by dentist. Is teeth whitening or bleaching can ca...
Sometimes there is slight sensitivity, it will subside with time. Nowadays scaling is done with ultrasonic scalers its completely safe.
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