Tooth sensitivity: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Is agonizing toothache stopping you from eating your favorite ice cream? Do you wince while drinking your favorite drink? Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects our teeth gets thinner, or due to gum recession occurs. It results from damage of nerves in the tooth, which leads to pain and discomfort. Your teeth will hurt at the slightest intake of anything hotter or colder than room temperature. It may occur in a single tooth or multiple teeth.
If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth (or a tooth) painful, then you may have tooth sensitivity. Here's some of the most common foods that trigger 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
There are a few symptoms which may occur in severe conditions :
Changes in taste
Pus or discharge
Redness and swelling of the gums
Tooth sensitivity can be sometimes unintentionally caused by us. The main reasons however are as stated below :
- Worn tooth enamel from brushing too hard.
- Tooth erosion due to acidic foods.
- Tooth cavities.
- Gum recession.
- Grinding teeth at night.
- Using tooth-whitening toothpaste
- Having cracked teeth
- Desensitizing toothpaste.
- Fluoride gel or Fluoride rinse
- Don’t brush too hard.
- Use a soft brush
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks.
- A crown, inlay or bonding.
- Root canal for severe conditions.
Sensitive teeth never completely disappear but the symptoms can be decreased by proper diagnosis and care. Most importantly, we must remember that our daily oral hygiene routine concerns about tooth sensitivity. So, be gentle and caring to your precious white gems.