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Teeth sensitivity

Dealing with sensitive teeth

Sensitive teeth is a very common problem in dentistry. Most people will have some form of teeth sensitivity in their lifetime. Tooth pain is most frequently triggered by cold or heat. However, sweet and sour can also cause transient discomfort.

Before we discuss how to deal with normal tooth sensitivity, it is important to note that ALL tooth pain should be checked by a dentist. Progressing tooth decay can share the same signs and symptoms as normal sensitivity. Your dentist will do an examination and take x-rays to rule out decay, a dental abscess, trauma or sinus related problems.

If your tooth pain is spontaneous ( ie. it happens on its own), long lasting and acute, it is more than just tooth sensitivity at this point and requires professional help.

There are many possible causes of sensitive teeth. Gum recession, teeth wear, gum disease, bruxing and clenching, over-brushing with a hard toothbrush, and post- orthodontic treatment are some common reasons. Symptoms of common sensitivity are short duration, non-spontaneous, acute reactions to cold, heat and sweets. Ice cream, cold air and cold drinks are frequent triggers but the pain disappears quickly.

So what can you do about it? Unfortunately, the treatment of normal teeth sensitivity varies in effectiveness. What will work on one person may not work on another. A lot can depend on personal thresholds of pain tolerance. As mentioned, your first action should be to see your dentist. Once they determine that you have normal sensitivity, they can apply professional grade de-sensitizing varnishes and agents to your teeth. This will help for a few weeks to months. They may also recommend good de-sensitizing toothpastes for home use. Follow all instructions for best results. Some of these toothpastes require an extended contact time with your teeth to be effective. It is also best to continue using the toothpaste even if the sensitivity has decreased or disappeared. Using an electric toothbrush may be helpful as it will control the pressure you exert on your toothbrush. Brushing hard with a medium or hard bristled toothbrush is one of most frequent causes of tooth sensitivity, over time, as it can wear your tooth/ root surfaces.

Please talk to your dentist if you suffer from tooth sensitivity. Do not procrastinate. There is relief in sight. If you do not have a dentist or are looking for a new one, CLICK here and wichDOC.com can help!

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