While having an ice cream, drinking hot coffee, or breathing in cold air and then suddenly having pain means that you have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is also known as dentin hypersensitivity is exactly that. It leaves a pain in your teeth after having hot, cold, acidic or sticky food or beverages. Tooth sensitivity can come and go over time.
What causes tooth sensitivity
Your tooth is mostly made up of a material called dentin. Whenever dentin loses its protective covering of enamel, your teeth feel pain as you eat hot, cold, acidic or sticky foods.
Mentioned below are 5 causes of tooth sensitivity.
Brushing your Teeth too Hard or Using a Really Heard Toothbrush
By brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard toothbrush takes away the protective enamel that coats your teeth making them worn and sensitive.
Eating or drinking a lot of acidic foods
Constantly having a lot of acidic foods can harm your teeth by slowly eroding them. It wears away the tooth enamel which can make teeth become discolored. The dentin in your teeth become exposed and are at a risk to becoming sensitive.
Grinding your teeth at night
Tooth grinding or tooth clenching can also be called bruxism. Tooth grinding can lead to many different teeth conditions such as tooth sensitivity. If it becomes severe enough then it can wear off enamel on your teeth.
Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at your tooth. Tooth decay can cause infections, tooth loss and cause pain if not treated. It can also make your teeth sensitive.
Gum recession is a condition where the roots of the teeth become exposed. Gum can lead to tooth decay or tooth loss which can lead to tooth sensitivity.
What are the symptoms of tooth sensitivity?
There’s really only one symptom of tooth sensitivity which is feeling pain whenever you eat something hot, cold, acidic or sticky.
How do you treat tooth sensitivity?
Unless you treat the reason why you have sensitive teeth, they will never totally disappear.
Some general treatments that you could do yourself at home are
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste
- Use a soft bristled brush
- Try avoiding acidic foods
- Avoid grinding your teeth or use a mouth guard.
Treatments that the dentists also known as orthodontics can do to treat tooth sensitivity are:
- They can fix a tooth decay or flaw by bonding, crowns or inlays which will treat your sensitive teeth.
- Applying fluoride gel or varnish
- Surgical gum graft, a procedure which reduces teeth sensitivity.
- Root canal. A treatment that is used as a last resort and is used to treat severe sensitivity.
These are the solutions for the sensitive teeth, if the pain is unbearable, book an online appointment with the Best dentist in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad or main cities of Pakistan from where you belong.
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