Causes for Sensitive Teeth

sensitive-teeth Causes for Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth is a condition in which you may have discomfort or pain in your teeth. This sudden irritation or pain may affect one tooth or more at a time and is triggered by cold food or hot foods, pressure on teeth or by breathing in cold air. This condition happens when the protective layer of teeth called enamel corrodes or when the gum line recedes to expose the soft tissue of teeth called dentin. This dentin in turn is connected to the tooth’s inner nerve center. So when dentine is exposed the inner nerve center becomes unshielded and becomes susceptible to sensations.

Causes for Sensitive Teeth

Exposure to certain types of mouthwashes, toothpastes, tooth whitening products etc may cause corrosion to enamel and make sensitive teeth. Brushing your teeth too hard may also leads to loss of enamel and gum tissues and thus produces sensitive teeth. Sometimes the teeth get crack or broke and this may also leads to sensitive teeth. Certain diseases like acid reflux, bulimia etc cause enamel corrosion and sensitive teeth.

Formation of plaques also cause sensitive teeth as plaques may get hardened in to tartars and the bacteria living inside the tartars causes gum recession and the exposed tooth roots leads to sensitive teeth.

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

If you are suffering from this disease, then you need to take extra care to protect your teeth. First of all you need to use toothpaste that is desensitizing. For brushing your teeth use a soft bristle toothbrush and avoid brushing too hard. Hold the toothbrush in finger tips instead of holding in your palm and keep in it 45 degree angle to the teeth and gently brush with circular motions. Daily brush your teeth twice and practice flossing to avoid the formation of plaques. Also avoid the intake of acid drinks and foods especially citrus fruits and soft drinks.

Change your tooth brush in every three months or whenever it gets worn. Also visit your densities at least once in a year to keep your teeth healthy.