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Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Solutions

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that many people face. It is characterized by a temporary pain or discomfort in the tooth when it comes into contact with hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks. Tooth sensitivity can have many causes and there are appropriate treatment methods.

Tooth Sensitivity: Causes

There are many potential causes of tooth sensitivity. Here are some of the most common causes:

Using Abrasive Toothpaste

Abrasive toothpastes can wear away tooth enamel and make teeth more sensitive. People who experience tooth sensitivity can alleviate the problem by using a less abrasive toothpaste.

Tooth Enamel Wear

Dental enamel wear is the abrasion or erosion of the outer surface of the teeth. This can weaken the protective layer of the teeth and cause sensitivity. Causes of enamel erosion include habits such as consumption of highly acidic foods, hard tooth brushing, and teeth grinding.

Periodontal Problems

Gum disease or gum recession can expose tooth roots and cause sensitivity. Taking care of gum health and regular dental check-ups can reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Decay or Cracks

Tooth decay or cracks can lead to bacteria that can reach the inside of the teeth and irritate the nerves. This can lead to tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay or cracks should be treated in time.

High-acid foods and drinks

Highly acidic foods and drinks can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity. It is important to limit the consumption of acidic drinks such as citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit and carbonated drinks.

Tooth Sensitivity Solution Suggestions

You can try the following solutions to deal with tooth sensitivity:

Using Sensitive Toothpaste

Sensitive toothpastes can help reduce tooth sensitivity. Such toothpastes are specially formulated to protect tooth enamel and relieve sensitivity. You can choose a suitable sensitive toothpaste by talking to your dentist.

Using a Soft Bristle Toothbrush

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush is important to protect tooth enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage tooth enamel and increase sensitivity. Brushing your teeth gently helps reduce tooth sensitivity.

Using Mouthwash Containing Fluoride

Mouthwashes containing fluoride can help strengthen tooth enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity. You can strengthen your teeth by using a fluoride mouthwash recommended by your dentist.

Avoiding Corrosive Foods and Drinks

Highly acidic foods and drinks can increase tooth sensitivity. It is important to limit the consumption of abrasive foods such as citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit, acidic drinks, pickles. Rinsing your mouth with water when consuming such foods can help to protect your teeth.

Intra-Tooth Protections

Tooth sensitivity can be associated with habits such as nighttime teeth grinding or clenching. Wearing a dental retainer provided by your dentist can protect your teeth from such habits and reduce sensitivity.

Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining your dental health. Your dentist can detect problems with tooth sensitivity early and recommend appropriate treatment methods. It is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Is tooth sensitivity permanent?

No, tooth sensitivity is usually a temporary condition. It is possible to control sensitivity with appropriate treatment methods and dental care.

In which age groups is tooth sensitivity more common?

Tooth sensitivity can be seen in all age groups. However, it is more common in adults between the ages of 25-45.

What should I pay attention to to prevent tooth sensitivity?

To prevent tooth sensitivity, you should avoid abrasive toothpastes, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, limit acidic foods and drinks, go for regular dental check-ups and avoid habits such as clenching or grinding your teeth.

Does tooth sensitivity increase during pregnancy?

Yes, tooth sensitivity can increase during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. It is important to take care of dental health during pregnancy.

How long can tooth sensitivity last temporarily?

Tooth sensitivity can usually last for a few hours to a few days. However, it can last longer if left untreated or if the problem causing it persists.

Are there natural ways to reduce tooth sensitivity?

Yes, some natural methods can help reduce tooth sensitivity. For example, using an herbal mouthwash can reduce sensitivity. However, it is important to consult a dentist before using natural methods.

Dr. Dt. Busra Korkmaz
Dr. Dt. Busra Korkmaz