Sensitive Teeth/Toothache

SENSITIVE TEETH

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Most commonly, the problem begins when the gums recede.
Like a protective blanket, the gums cover the roots of teeth as gums recede, the underlying tooth roots are exposed. Gums commonly recede for the following reasons:

  • Improper heavy handed brushing of the teeth. It is estimated that 50-90% of people brush with too much pressure. Over weeks, months and years of brushing they remove significant gum tissue exposing the tooth roots.
  • Tooth pain or sensitivity – because the tooth enamel is worn away with teeth grinding this can expose the inner more sensitive areas of your teeth, which can cause sharp pain and sensitivity to cold drinks and certain foods.
  • Poor oral hygiene can lead to plaque build-up around teeth and gums. Over time this plaque hardens into tartar. Bacteria in this tartar are responsible for the gingivitis and periodontal disease that cause gum recession.
  • Diet can be a major reason teeth become sensitive. If you are prone to acid reflux and drink a lot of soda you can become prone to teeth sensitivity.

TOOTHACHE

What Causes Toothache?

Toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated.
Dental infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth are the most common causes of dental pain. Pain may also occur after a tooth is pulled out.

Pain sometimes originates from other areas and radiates to the jaw, thus appearing to be tooth pain. The most common areas include the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ), ear pain, and even occasional heart problems.ive blanket, the gums cover the roots of teeth as gums recede, the underlying tooth roots are exposed. Gums commonly recede for the following reasons:

  • Bacteria growing inside your mouth can contribute to gum disease, plaque, and dental decay. These problems can become painful. The cause and prevention of dental disease has been well investigated.
  • You can prevent the majority of dental problems through flossing, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. Our dentist may apply sealants and fluoride, which are especially important in children.

If you have sensitive teeth or toothache, speak to us on (07) 4191 4787. You can visit the practice at 8/6-8 Liuzzi St, Pialba Hervey Bay QLD 4655.