Symptoms of Sensitivity

Symptoms of Sensitivity

Symptoms of Sensitivity

Common Triggers for Sensitive Teeth

A range of things can trigger a twinge or tooth pain for people with sensitive teeth. Here are some of the more common triggers for tooth sensitivity:

  • Eating cold food or drinking cold drinks
  • Eating hot food or drinking hot drinks
  • Eating sugary or sour foods
  • Breathing in cold air
  • Brushing teeth
Common Triggers of Sensitive Teeth

Common Problems for Tooth Pain

Tooth Decay

Pain caused by tooth decay (dental caries) can feel similar to tooth sensitivity. Tooth decay happens when the sugars in foods and drinks react with the bacteria in the plaque on our teeth to form acids. These acids can gradually soften and dissolve your enamel and dentin. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen your teeth. 

The problem with tooth decay is that you might not feel any pain from it until it’s quite advanced. It can be treated in the early stages. So, even if you don’t feel any pain, it’s important to go for regular dental check ups so that your dentist can spot early signs of tooth decay and work with you to treat it.

Teeth Whitening 

Many people experience tooth sensitivity during, and for a period after teeth whitening treatments. By teeth whitening, we mean professional treatments applied under the supervision of a dentist that use bleaching ingredients. 

The sensitivity that can be experienced during and after a bleaching treatment is different from dentin hypersensitivity. The bleaching component in the product is believed to pass through the enamel and dentin and enter the pulp at the center of the tooth, where it can cause inflammation and temporary sensitivity. 

After Treatment

It is not uncommon for your teeth to feel sensitive for a time after having dental treatment. However, if this persists contact your dentist for advice.

Other common causes of tooth pain include dental abscesses and cracked teeth. It is important to visit your dentist regularly to check the health of your teeth and gums. If you feel pain or discomfort, particularly if it persists, contact your dentist for advice.

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