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    1 min read - Alif Moosajie

    Alif Moosajie

    Alif Moosajie  

    Dentist, Best Young Dentist 2016



    Suffering with sensitive tooth pain is no joke. That sudden pain can be either short-lasting or linger for a while. Sensitivity can be due to several causes; it can be managed at home, but sometimes may require help from your dental professional.


    Article summary:


    • What can cause tooth sensitivity
    •  Treatment of tooth sensitivity

    What can cause tooth Sensitivity?

    • Decay or cavity
    • Hard food or trauma
    • Gum recession

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    Tooth Decay


    The tooth can become decayed and a cavity can form exposing the inside layers of the tooth. This normally causes intense sensitivity when eating sweet things. Reducing the frequency of sugar in your diet is the best way to avoid tooth decay. Reducing sugar frequency can also help you reduce your risk of general health problems such as obesity and diabetes. The best way of managing tooth decay is to see your dental professional, where a filling or a repair of a filling may be required.

    Hard food or trauma


    The tooth can be damaged by hard food or by trauma of some kind. If it fractures that can also cause the under layers of the teeth to be exposed. This would normally cause a sudden sensitivity to cold and possibly hot. Sometimes this can be managed with soft food diet to allow the tooth to settle, other times this may need to be managed by the dentist for repair. It’s best to get it checked out with a dental appointment to be sure.

    Gum recession


    Gums around the tooth can shrink away or recede and this can expose the neck of the tooth. This can happen over time or through issues such as gum disease. When the gum recedes back the underneath layers of the teeth are no longer covered and this vulnerable area of the tooth is exposed to hot or cold causing pain in the nerve. Once the gum has receded it cannot be reversed, that is why it is important to remove plaque thoroughly to avoid gum disease and take care not to over-brush. Electric toothbrushes with a pressure sensor can help you avoid this.

    Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity


    The easiest treatment for sensitivity is to try to cover the entrance to the exposed areas of the teeth. This can be achieved at home using toothpastes containing ingredients specifically designed to target these sensitive areas. The ingredients within the toothpaste stick to the teeth and provide relief of sensitive symptoms.

    Use of Sensitive toothpaste


    There are many sensitive toothpastes on the market and a sensitive toothpaste can be used in one of two ways:


    • If sensitivity is all over the mouth then use the toothpaste as normal, spit the excess out and don’t rinse the mouth. A residue of toothpaste should be left so that it is able to coat the teeth


    • If the sensitivity is in one specific area take some on your finger, smear it onto the tooth where the sensitivity is, and just leave it there. Do this at night time so you can go to sleep with the sensitive toothpaste in place to give the maximum benefit.


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    Key take away:


    Tooth Sensitivity is hugely common and can be managed by a mixture of at home treatments or visiting your dental professional. Take care to brush gently and thoroughly and this will help maintain good oral hygiene without damaging your gums.

    The management of sensitivity is normally straightforward but visit your dental professional to rule out any further problems.

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