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Tooth Sensitivity

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Tooth Sensitivity

What Causes of Tooth Sensitivity? 

  • Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or brushing too aggressively. 
  • Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages. 
  • Gum recession that leaves your root surfaces exposed. 
  • Cracked teeth that become filled with bacteria from plaque and cause inflammation in the pulp of the tooth. 
  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which can wear down enamel. 
  • Tooth whitening products or toothpaste containing baking soda and peroxide. 

Prevention and Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity 

Prevention and treatment can include using a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth, brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoiding highly acidic foods and beverages, and wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. Regular dental checkups are essential for diagnosing and treating dental conditions that may contribute to sensitivity. 

Tooth Sensitivity FAQs  

Q. What can I do at home to treat tooth sensitivity? 

A. Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain compounds that help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. 

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. It can help to prevent further gum recession and enamel wear. 
Avoid acidic foods and drinks to prevent further enamel erosion. 

Q. Can tooth sensitivity go away on its own? 

A. In some cases, tooth sensitivity can improve over time, especially if it’s due to a temporary cause like teeth whitening. However, if your sensitivity is due to an underlying condition, such as enamel erosion or gum recession, it’s unlikely to improve without treatment. It’s important to consult with a dental professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Q. How can I prevent tooth sensitivity? 

A.  Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly. 

Use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. Grinding can cause sensitivity, and a mouthguard can protect your teeth. 

Avoid acidic foods and drinks. These can contribute to enamel erosion. 

Q. When should I see a dentist about my tooth sensitivity? 

A. If your sensitivity is severe, persists for more than a few days, or is not relieved by over-the-counter dental products, it’s important to see a dentist. They can help identify the cause of your sensitivity and recommend treatment options to alleviate your discomfort. 

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