What are the symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 14, 2011

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  • Senstivity is the irritation in the nerves of the tooth.
  • It can occur on exposure of teeth to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Poor oral health is the leading cause of sensetivity.
  • Bad breathe is a common sign.


Irritation in the nerves of the tooth resulting pain or discomfort when the teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures leads to tooth sensitivity.  It can also occur when you floss or brush of the teeth or while eating or chewing on food. Teeth are the protected with coating of enamel while the roots are protected with a substance named cementum. Dentin layer of the tooth is covered with enamel and cementum.


tooth sensitivity

Damage to the enamel or cemetum exposes dentin and causes pain or discomfort in the tooth. Tooth decay, tooth trauma and tooth erosion can damage the enamel or cementum. Poor oral health is the most common cause of tooth decay while tooth trauma can occur due to injury to the mouth.

Other things that lead to sensitive tooth include :

  • Brushing too hard can cause wear and tear in the tooth.
  • Tooth decay neat the gum line
  • Sore and inflamed gums
  • Presence of bacteria
  • Teeth grinding and tooth whitening products
  • Development of plaque
    bad breathe

Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity

Common symptoms of tooth sensitivity include

  • Bad breath
  • Pus or discharge from tooth
  • Receding gums
  • Redness and swelling of the gums


How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by brushing and flossing teeth regularly with right techniques.
Use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid any damage to gum tissue. Use toothpaste which is suitable for sensitive teeth. Avoid grinding of teeth can help in reducing the tooth sensitivity and regular dental checks help reduce tooth senstivity.

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