Sensitive Teeth : Causes and Remedies

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Sensitive Teeth : Causes and Remedies

Sensitive Teeth : Causes And Cure 

Dr. Yatish Agarwal 

Of the many willing slaves that the body employs, teeth are the most hard working. They munch, crunch, cut and grind with equanimity, till their bite lasts. If it were not for them, chefs surely would go out of business because swallowed whole, food would not taste as good.
Sensitive Teeth : Causes and Remedies

But the same teeth, which find no nut too hard to crack, can get awfully fussy at times.Used to taking enormous pressures, they suddenly begin to tingle and ache even when you sip a glass of lemonade, a cold beverage or a hot cup of coffee. Biting into things, be they sweet, sour or plain, can get equally stressful, especially when you cannot pinpoint the location of the pain, and the mirror shows no dental cavities.

Take heed of the alarm bells :

The symptoms of a toothache are very characteristic — there is a tingly feeling or sudden flash of pain (when you least expect it!) as a reaction to heat or cold, sweet or sour tastes, or just pressure.

This pain is actually an alarm to indicate that your teeth have developed chinks in their protective armour. Their hard enamel, which keeps the sensitive dentine under complete cover is unable to keep out food particles and fluids. It is this breach in the dental defense that triggers impulses in the watch guard dentine nerves and makes you feel miserable. As soon as these alarm bells ring, take an appointment with the dentist and plan for restoration.

Know what makes the teeth sensitive :

Sensitive teeth are a common problem. The reasons to this could be:

• dental caries • a fractured tooth • the simple wear and tear due to normal aging, and • ill-effects of some wrong habits and practices that rob the teeth of their enamel.

The best course is to take preventive steps and guard against such damage. Read on.

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Guard against enamel robbers :

The use of gritty and badly burnt paddy husks as a dant manjan is a common cause of enamel loss. Similarly, chewing of paan , paan-masala , betel nut and gritty food also causes premature attrition of teeth and exposes the dentine. The irresistible Indian pickle, with its acidic nature, can also pick holes in the enamel, particularly at the neck of the tooth. Beware of these robbers, if you want to keep your dental enamel intact.

Brush teeth gently and correctly :

The way you clean your teeth also affects them. For instance, you could have sensitive teeth, if you:

• brush your teeth too hard
• use a hard toothbrush or
• instead of rotary motion of the brush, employ a horizontal one.

These are some of the common mistakes which we all make. The use of a hard bristle toothbrush, extra vigorous cleaning and wrong brushing technique must be about this and must not allow their child to pick up wrong habits.

Improper brushing can also lead to recession of gums. That is, it could result in the gums sinking below the normal line, exposing the dentine and making the tooth sensitive. Thus, good care of gums and enamel right from childhood is your best insurance against sensitive teeth.

Use a soft touch :

Always go in for a soft bristle brush as it is easy on your gums and teeth. If you use a hard toothbrush, it may last you longer, but, ultimately, it causes attrition of the teeth, which are much more expensive to repair. Replace the brush every two to three months, so that it retains its softness and carries out its job properly.

Try desensitizing toothpaste :

In case your teeth have already turned sensitive, go to a supermarket and buy yourself a soft bristle toothbrush and special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, such as Thermoseal, Sensoform, Arodent, Pyx or Emoform, and try it out. These special toothpastes contain desensitizing agents capable of insulating the sensitive dentine and prove effective over longer periods of time, provided you stay away from chilled, hot, acidic and sour foods. Just rub the desensitizing toothpaste and leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes before cleaning it up.

See your dentist :

In case this prescription does not work, then fix an appointment with your dentist. For all you know, there may be something more than what meets the eye, waiting to be diagnosed and treated. The more difficult cases often require root canal treatment (RCT). Following RCT, a temporary filling is first made, and if the tooth settles, a permanent filling is completed. The tooth is then restored with the help of a porcelain crown which is fitted on the treated tooth.
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