Tooth Sensitivity: A Guide To Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental issue that affects many people. It causes discomfort or pain when you consume hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks. Tooth sensitivity can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. So, it becomes essential to understand why it arises and how you can get rid of it. 

If you understand why tooth sensitivity arises, you can easily take proactive measures to avoid it and improve your quality of life. With proper attention to tooth sensitivity, you can maintain a pain-free smile. In this blog, we will look at different aspects of tooth sensitivity and some time to help you manage and prevent this uncomfortable condition.

What Is Teeth Sensitivity?

Teeth sensitivity is a sharp, temporary pain or discomfort that you experience when the teeth get exposed to certain stimuli such as hot and cold beverages. Tooth sensitivity can also occur when you consume sweet or acidic foods. Teeth also become sensitive when the protective layer of the enamel wears down and exposes the nerve endings or the dentin.

Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity

Let us take a look at what causes sudden tooth sensitivity. 

1. Enamel Wear And Tear

Over time, enamel can wear down due to aggressive brushing, abrasive toothpaste, or consuming acidic foods and drinks. Once the enamel of the teeth gets eroded, the dentin is exposed and you become vulnerable to sensitivity. 

2. Gum Recession

Gum recession is also one of the prime tooth sensitivity causes. It occurs when the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the roots. Receding gum lines can also appear because of periodontal disease, improper brushing techniques, or aging. They make the teeth more sensitive.

3. Cracked Or Fractured Teeth

Teeth can crack or fracture due to trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects. These cracks can expose the inner layers of the tooth. Cracked or fractured teeth can cause pain and sensitivity.

4. Tooth Decay

Cavities or tooth decay create holes in the enamel. They allow external stimuli to reach the nerve endings in the tooth resulting in sudden tooth sensitivity.

Symptoms Of Sensitive Teeth

The first step to treating tooth sensitivity is to recognise the symptoms of sensitive teeth. Doing so will help you opt for immediate medical attention. The below-mentioned are a few common symptoms of sensitive teeth. 

1. Discomfort While Brushing Or Flossing

Individuals with sensitive teeth may experience pain or discomfort during routine oral hygiene practices, such as brushing or flossing. It is usually because of the exposed dentin.

2. Pain When Biting Or Chewing

Sensitivity can cause sharp pain when you try to apply any pressure to the teeth while biting or chewing food. If you experience pain while biting or chewing, it can indicate enamel damage or tooth fracture.

3. Gum Inflammation Or Recession

Sensitive teeth are often accompanied by gum issues. You might experience problems such as inflammation, redness, or recession. These dental problems can further expose the tooth roots and increase sensitivity.

4. Sensitivity To Sweet Or Acidic Foods

Consuming sweet or acidic foods and beverages can also cause discomfort or pain in sensitive teeth. These substances can penetrate the exposed dentin and irritate the nerves.

Treatment For Tooth Sensitivity

If you experience one of the above-mentioned symptoms of a sensitive tooth, you must opt for the treatment at the earliest. Getting the treatment at the right time will help you reduce discomfort and protect your teeth from any further damage. 

Here are a few options for sensitive tooth treatment

1. Desensitising Toothpaste

These toothpastes are specially made to block pain signals from the tooth’s surface to the nerve. Using them regularly can provide significant relief from sensitivity.

2. Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments in the form of gel are known to cause a significant reduction in the intensity of pain. One can opt for professional fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity. It is best to visit your doctor to get this treatment in the office. 

3. Dental Procedures

Your dentist might suggest some dental procedures like bonding, crowns, or inlays to cover the exposed dentin or repair the damaged teeth. However, these procedures are advisable only in extreme conditions.

If you still experience cold-sensitive tooth pain despite these treatments, it’s essential to consult a dentist in sunshine coast and receive appropriate care.

How Tooth Sensitivity Can Be Prevented

Tooth sensitivity prevention is an easy task that involves adopting habits that protect tooth enamel and maintain your dental health. 

Here’s how you can keep teeth sensitivity at bay. 

1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste helps prevent gum disease and enamel erosion. Maintaining good oral hygiene helps in reducing the risk of sensitivity.

2. Be Mindful Of The Brushing Technique

You must avoid aggressive brushing as it can wear down enamel and cause gum recession. Use gentle, circular motions instead.

3. Practise Smart Eating And Drinking Habits

You should also limit the consumption of acidic and sugary foods and drinks that can erode enamel. It is important to rinse your mouth with water after consuming such items and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

Conclusion 

Tooth sensitivity might start as a dental issue that you can easily neglect. However, over time, it can worsen and impact your quality of life. Once you understand its causes, treatment, and prevention, you can keep sensitive teeth at bay. Remember that prevention care as advised by Oris Dental can effectively manage tooth sensitivity, ensuring a pain-free, healthy smile.

FAQs

Q) How to fix sensitive teeth?

Ans: To fix sensitive teeth, you must first identify their underlying causes and then opt for the appropriate treatments. You can use desensitising toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and even some dental procedures such as bonding or crowns to reduce tooth sensitivity.

Q) How to stop sensitive teeth pain immediately?

Ans: To stop sensitive teeth pain immediately, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. It will help in reducing inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also help, but it’s essential to see your dentist if the pain persists.

Q) Why are my teeth sensitive all of a sudden?

Ans: Your teeth can suddenly become sensitive for several reasons. For example, enamel erosion, gum recession, tooth decay, or recent dental procedures can cause sudden sensitivity in teeth.

Q) Why do all my teeth hurt suddenly?

Ans: If all your teeth hurt suddenly, it might indicate an issue like tooth sensitivity,  gum disease, or a widespread enamel erosion problem. It’s essential to consult your dentist to determine why your teeth have started to hurt suddenly.

Q) When should I see my dentist for teeth sensitivity?

Ans: You should see your dentist for teeth sensitivity if the pain is severe, persistent, or affects multiple teeth. Also, if you notice any signs of gum diseases like bleeding gums or receding gum lines, you should see the dentist promptly.

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)

Adarsh

Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)

Prachi

Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)

Davina

Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!

 

Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.

    Briar

    Briar

    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.

    Drew

    Drew

    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.

    Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!

    Brooke

    Brooke

    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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