It is a pain that occurs, regularly, when drinking or eating very hot, cold, acidic, or sweet things.
Dentin, which is the layer that surrounds the nerve inside the tooth, is normally covered by enamel and gums. The passage of time makes the enamel lose thickness and, therefore, the tooth loses protection.
On the other hand, the gums can retract over time, exposing the dentin on the root surface that was previously covered. It contains numerous tubules from the outside of the tooth to the central nerve. If exposed, these tubules are stimulated by eating certain foods or by changes in temperature.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Your hygiene habits and your lifestyle may be responsible for your tooth sensitivity. However, some of the most common causes are:
- The cavities.
- Chipped or broken teeth. If the fracture reaches the dentin, the sensitivity will appear in the teeth.
- After whitening, sensitivity may appear for one or two weeks.
- Erosion by acids. Soda or citrus juices can cause decalcification of teeth. To avoid this, you must restrict the consumption of acidic foods and drinks.
- Worn enamel. The causes can be the use of abrasive toothpaste and brushing, chewing too hard, or suffering from bruxism.
- Receding gums. This can arise as a result of very aggressive brushing or periodontitis. Retraction exposes the root of the tooth and the solution may be different depending on the specific circumstances surrounding it.
- Worn fillings. Eating highly acidic foods and brushing erosion cause fillings to wear out.
- Tooth sensitivity
How Is This Tooth Pain Treated?
To treat it, you must identify what is causing it. Therefore, the first thing you should do is contact us and make an appointment so that we can determine the origin of your tooth pain. If we observe that the sensitivity is a consequence of the loss of dentin, we can solve it in the following way:
Using a soft bristle brush and toothpaste formulated to reduce sensitivity.
Brushing properly so as not to retract the gums or wear down the enamel.
Applying a fluoride varnish to strengthen the tooth.
Restoring the tooth to repair areas that do not have enamel.
Establishing good eating habits, having a proper hygiene routine, correcting bad habits of using teeth as tools, and using dental products with fluoride.
Ultimately, tooth sensitivity must be diagnosed by a dentist. If you notice an unpleasant sensation when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth, come to us so that we can determine the origin of the pain and propose a possible treatment.
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