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The 101 on Tooth Sensitivity

Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  / May 06, 2021  
Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  
May 06, 2021  

What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a feeling of pain when something touches the teeth. This can occur due to:
Metals: Root canal fillings, crowns, braces, and dental implants
Bacteria: Cavities on the tooth or in the gum line
Acidic Foods: Sugars or acidic foods such as lemons and oranges
Friction: When it rubs against your teeth, like chewing food or brushing too hard.

Why Tooth Sensitivity!

Tooth pain and sensitivity! Are you one of those who can't enjoy that delicious Ice Cream? Or cherish that first sip of coffee on a Monday morning! Thanks to painful, sensitive teeth. Well, do not fear. This problem is a lot more common than what people think it is.
A high amount of adults over the age of 20 experience tooth sensitivity.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitiveness is a common problem that can be caused by various factors.
The common cause of tooth sensitiveness is hypersensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Other causes include:
- A filling, crown, or root canal treatment that has not been well-sealed. Or there is movement in the teeth (resulting in vibration when you eat or drink)
- Some types of toothpaste (especially those with whitening ingredients)
- Tooth grinding (bruxism)
- Dry mouth due to medications. Such as antidepressants, antihistamines, diuretics, some heart medications. Some cancer treatments or some HIV therapies

Tooth sensitivity Treatment

The sensitive tooth is a common complaint, people with teeth sensitive to hot or cold substances.
Do you have sensitive teeth! Treatment for tooth sensitivity
You might try some of these remedy for tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything that causes the sensitiveness
- Take paracetamol
- Drink milk and rinse your mouth out after eating
- Use a toothpaste that contains potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride.

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem.

Did you know tooth sensitivity affects 1 out of 5 people?
Do you wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing toothache?
Did you know that you are four times more likely to have tooth sensitivity if you grind your teeth during sleep?
Or feel a numb sensation after you eat something cold?
If yes, then you may have tooth sensitivity.
We're here to help soothe the pain of sensitive teeth and provide a few possible solutions.
Dealing with tooth sensitivity doesn't have to be terrifying.
Learn about tooth sensitivity and visit a dentist in your area.
Don't let sensitive teeth slow you down.

Why is this happening to me, you ask?

Good question.
Understanding tooth sensitivity. We need to discuss how the various layers of the tooth function and look at the tooth's structure.

Tooth Sensitivity Cold!

What causes pain to the teeth?

Cold Tooth Sensitivity is when the teeth are exposed to cold temperature. There are various reasons for experiencing Cold Tooth Sensitivity. 

These include:

-Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
-Dry mouth
-Toothache or problems with the tooth's pulp
-Dental nerve injury
Localised tooth sensitivity due to tooth decay or another dental issue.

Tooth Anatomy

A delicate layer of hard Enamel covers the crown of each tooth. Below the hard Enamel is Dentin.
It is a hard solid bony tissue that makes up most of the tooth. Dentin has microscopic tubules throughout it's these tubules.

That help each tooth identify what's happening on the outer layer of the tooth. Your Dentist in Melbourne CBD will be happy to show you and explain this further.

Reasons for Sensitivity

Most of the time-sensitivity tends to occur when the enamel veers.
It may be caused by brushing, teeth grinding erosion from acid.
If you take away the Enamel, the tubules in the dentin then become uncovered.
These regular tasks, such as drinking or eating hot and cold items, will alarm your tooth.

It will leave you with an uncomfortable feeling. This means it's time to see your Dentist in Melbourne CBD.

Root Exposure is another reason that causes sensitivityThe Roots main protective barrier is the gums which means that they don't have a layer of Enamel. 

Another reason for the sensitivity is cavities. Or a fractured/chipped tooth which could also trigger 

defenceless roots.

How to Care for your Teeth!

Good news, no need to go through sensitive teeth 24/7. There are a few tips you can do to defend those teeth.

Before you see your Dentist:

  1. Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush. Stiff bristles could further penetrate the enamel and gum tissue.
  2. There is a lot of good toothpaste out on the market. That targets sensitivity. Use one that has fluoride as it'll strengthen the Enamel.
  3. Avoid those sweet drinks and acidic foods such as oranges, red wine, soft drinks.
  4. Routine Appointments with your Dentist so they can schedule X-rays
  5. Stick to brushing and flossing daily. As studies show, this can reduce decay.
  6. Chew that delicious Sugar-Free Gum! Surprise Surprise, this helps produce saliva that hardens the tooth enamel.

How our Team of Specialists can help!

Visit your dentist and schedule an appointment. Dentists will work on you and start the treatment.
To strengthen your teeth: Apply fluoride varnish.
Did you know that tooth sensitivity is a common problem?
Many people think it means that your teeth hurt when you eat ice cream or drink cold beverages. But, unfortunately, it can be a severe problem. You may be one of the millions suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is no laughing matter.



Author Minoo GhamariAuthor: Dr Minoo Ghamari

Gorgeous Smiles Dental Principal Dentist

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