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Published on: 06 Dec 2016 by shanaya21
Have you ever, from time to time, felt a sudden, sharp pain in your teeth? Ever wondered what it is? Well, worry no more as you will be enlightened on the problem. That brings us to discussing tooth sensitivity.
What is Teeth Sensitivity?
As said earlier, teeth sensitivity can best be said to be a sharp pain that occurs in the teeth as a result of the exposure of the internal section of the teeth to external stimuli. Now that we know what teeth sensitivity is, the next step to knowing this dental problem better is knowing the causes.
Causes of teeth sensitivity
- Excessive force in brushing or the usage of a toothbrush that is too hard
- The usage of a toothbrush that is too hard on the teeth and/or the appliance of too much force on the brush and relatively on the teeth cause the wearing out of the tissue that surrounds the internal part of the teeth.
- Grinding the teeth
- People who have the habit of grinding their teeth together have the tendency to have teeth sensitivity.
- Breaching the teeth
- Breaching one's teeth causes a very sharp pain in the teeth.
- Usage of teeth whitening procedures
- The usage of teeth whitening procedures, be it teeth whitening toothpaste or other teeth whitening agents causes damage to the teeth, leading to teeth sensitivity.
- Consumption of acidic foods and drinks
- The consumption of acidic food and drinks also cause the wearing out of the internal part of the teeth, thereby leading to teeth sensitivity.
- Excessive use of mouthwash
- Those who make use of mouthwash too much are liable to have teeth sensitivity because too much intake of mouthwash causes the tissues protecting the internal part of the skin to wear out.
- Gum Recession
- This often occurs in old age when the gums have worn out as a result of old age.
- All these and more are, as stated above, causes of teeth sensitivity.
How to prevent sensitive teeth
For those of you who are wondering how to prevent this painful experience, here are some tips to guide you:
- Maintaining a good oral hygiene; the very first step towards preventing teeth sensitivity.
- Going for regular dental care and advice with your dentist.
- Avoid using a toothbrush that is too hard for your teeth.
- Reducing the force or pressure you apply when brushing.
- Sleeping with a mouth guard on at night will help prevent the grinding of the teeth.
- Brushing of the teeth at least twice a day. This prevents teeth sensitivity as it removes plaques from the teeth.
- Avoiding the consumption of acidic food and drink.
- Using toothpaste that is specially made for sensitive teeth can also be used.
- Avoiding excessive intake of mouthwash. They should be used once in a while.
TREATMENT OF TEETH SENSITIVITY
For those who are already dealing with the problem of teeth sensitivity, the following can help in its treatment.
Firstly, visit your dentist to find out what brought about your teeth sensitivity.
Using toothpaste that is specially made for sensitive teeth can also be used.
For people with the cracked tooth syndrome, the usage of a crown can help in treating it.
The usage of fluoride to strengthen the worn-out tooth enamel.
What you can do?
In the event the sensitivity is anticipated to a cavity; a restoration can be. If perhaps gum disease is the primary cause, the dental professional can perform a comprehensive cleaning of the area.
If the cause is from dentin being exposed, then there are many of professional and at-home treatments that can be used to reduce the sensitivity.
- Make use of a very soft bristle toothbrush, with small abrasive toothpaste
- Remember to brush effectively, nor over clean
- Use a tooth insert specially formulated to ease the nerve endings in the tooth
- Make use of a high attention fluoride toothpaste (given to you by the teeth professional) to strengthen each tooth's surface
There are some treatments available, and your teeth professional can help you find those that will work best, depending on your situation. Always seek a dental professional's help - do not try to diagnose this problem yourself. It may be the sign of something more dangerous, and only a dental professional will be able to tell you what it is.
I am Temilola Waliu Globalwalyy, a Blogger, entre and social preneur. A Content & Information philanthropist. The founder of Tecky Planet, A Digital Marketing and SEO Firm. The Chief Editor of Health Save Blog, one of the largest health blog in Africa.
Temilola also work for Platinum Dental Surgery – One of the leading Dental in Nigeria