Have you ever felt pain or discomfort after a bite of ice cream or a spoonful of hot soup? If so, you’re not alone. it’s common in people who have sensitive teeth and cavities. For them that frequent ZING (JHUMJHUM!) feeling is all too familiar. If you are one among them, may be suddenly you need to avoid chewing on one side of your mouth?Let’s understand the sign and symptoms, a bit more on how to prevent and when to check in for the treatment in order to fix this constant discomfort.
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Tooth Sensitivity…What is it exactly…?
When you feel a sharp but quick jolt of discomfort in response to a stimulus (like hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods, or the touch of floss or a toothbrush), you are likely experiencing tooth sensitivity. When the stimulus is removed, the discomfort goes away. Few even feel the discomfort when they smile on a cold, windy day.
Why do you get this Tooth Sensitivity usually?
Tooth sensitivity is really “dentin hypersensitivity.”
Enamel is the first layer of the tooth, the hardest of all three layers. Any damage caused to the enamel will lead to exposure to the second layer, dentin. Dentin exposure causes hypersensitivity as this layer leads to the tooth’s nerves. It’s when hot, cold, acid, and other stimuli come into contact with these tubules that you get that little zing.
Dentin may be exposed due to an injury to a tooth, a cavity, gum disease, or brushing too hard, which can cause receding gums. You may also experience temporary teeth sensitivity after getting a cavity filled, after a teeth whitening treatment, or even during a sinus infection.
Do I have to be with it forever…?
The great news is tooth sensitivity can be treated.
The signs and symptoms of tooth sensitivity vary from person to person but few common signs to watch out for are as follows
- Spontaneous tooth pain that occurs without an obvious cause
- Intense pain on eating hot and cold food items
- Pain on consuming sour food items
- Biting pain
- Pain on chewing
- Pain can be in particular tooth or a group of teeth
- Pain on being exposed to cold air.
What are the symptoms of sensitive gums?
If you have sensitive gums, you might notice soreness whenever you brush or floss your teeth. The pain may gradually subside or linger. Sometimes, sensitive gums are accompanied by:
- bad breath
Can I Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?
We’re glad to share some tips you can do to prevent dentin exposure.
Firstly, to prevent Tooth sensitivity your prime focus is protecting the Enamel layer.
This can be done in various ways
Prevent teeth clenching
Teeth clenching or bruxism is a significant cause of enamel wear. Using night guards reduces the risk of damage. If stress or anxiety is the trigger, then the prime focus should be on breathing exercises and meditation to relieve the stress.
Avoid excess acidic food items
Specific dietary changes are needed to avoid enamel erosion. Too much acidic content can lead to the erosion of enamel expository the sensitive dentin.
Use soft bristles toothbrush
Using hard bristles brush to believe it will clean the teeth better is false. The hard bristles cause enamel wear and damage to the soft tissues surrounding the teeth like gums
Using proper brushing technique
Brushing twice a day is essential but the proper technique is a must. Using horizontal scrubbing to brush is not recommended as it leads to forming enamel facets thinning the enamel layer.
Avoid gum diseases
The gums start receding as you age, and gum diseases are high. With the gum recession, the root portion of the tooth is exposed, leading to sensitivity.
Regular dental check-ups and follow-ups play an integral part as the early detection of any lesion is helpful. The timely intervention by our team at The Dental Solutions, NABH Accredited Clinic Thane will save a lot of time and money in the long run.
Go for professional teeth whitening
Going for professional teeth whitening, is always a safer and more effective way of getting your teeth whiter.
Our Treatment options available:
- Fluoride application– Fluoride, as a mineral, is known to help strengthen the enamel. It helps in the reducing the pain with a few applications
- Desensitization– Desensitization paste helps in sealing the exposed dentinal tubules that carry the sensation of pain
- Gum grafting-If the cause of sensitivity is gum recession, then grafting can effectively combat the situation Spontaneous tooth pain that occurs without an obvious cause
- Root canal treatment– Popularly known as RCT is the procedure that we use at our centres in MVP double road and Shivajipalem, when all other treatments fail spontaneous tooth pain that occurs without an obvious cause.
Some Quick regular tips to do:
- Visit your dentist regularly for routine check-ups to spot or prevent tooth decay.
- Maintain great dental hygiene. Brush twice and floss once daily. Make sure to brush properly; a 15-second burst of vigorous brushing is a recipe for disaster for your gums. Instead, stick with 2 minutes of gentle, thorough brushing.
- Don’t use abrasive toothpaste, including home recipes using baking soda or activated charcoal.
Be kind to your teeth, visit us at APPLE MULTISPECIALITY DENTAL CLINICS for best possible help your teeth need, and enjoy your ice cream again like before!