What is tooth sensitivity?

Does eating an orange make you shout “ouch”? If so, then you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is characterized by discomfort in your teeth that gets triggered by cold, hot, sour, or sweet foods and beverages. Tooth sensitivity may even be triggered by breathing cold air. Pain in tooth sensitivity can be sudden, sharp and may affect the nerve endings of the teeth.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Here is a list of factors that might result in sensitive teeth:

Brushing too hard

Improper brushing with a hard-bristled brush can lead to wearing down of the enamel, exposing the dentin. It may also cause the gums to recede from the teeth.

Pulling away of the gums

Recession of gums from a tooth as a result of conditions like periodontal disease exposes the root surface.

Tooth decay

Tooth decay near the gumline can also lead to tooth sensitivity.

Gingivitis (gum diseases)

Sore and inflamed gum tissue might lead to sensitivity as a result of the loss of supporting ligaments, exposing the root surface.

Teeth grinding

Clenching or grinding the teeth might cause wearing down of the enamel, exposing the underlying dentin.

Cracked teeth

Broken or chipped teeth might get accumulated with bacteria due to plaque, which may enter the pulp leading to Inflammation.

Tooth whitening products

Teeth whitening products can negatively affect your oral health, causing sensitive teeth.

Plaque build-up

Plaque formation on the surface of the root can cause tooth sensitivity.

Your age

People between 25 and 30 years of age are mostly affected by sensitive teeth.

Mouthwash use

Using certain mouthwashes for a long time also contributes to sensitive teeth.

Recent dental procedures

Sensitivity may be a result of recent teeth cleaning, crown placement, tooth restoration and root planing. Sensitive teeth due to dental procedures is temporary and disappears in 4 to 6 weeks.

Acidic foods

Consuming foods or drink containing acid on a regular basis, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, tea and pickles, can lead to enamel erosion.

If you experience continuous tooth sensitivity, consult a professional dentist at Brighton Implant Clinic immediately. For more information please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0800 111 6623 .

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