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:
Sensitive teeth triggers:
- 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
Other Reasons for Tooth Pain Including Tooth Decay
Here are some other common problems which can cause tooth pain:
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 dentine. 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.
The most common tooth whitening ingredients are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which have been known to cause tooth whitening sensitivity as they penetrate the tooth enamel.
Sensodyne toothpaste can help relieve sensitivity related to whitening.
Sensodyne toothpaste is a good choice for use before, during and after tooth-whitening treatments.
It can make a noticeable difference in the amount of sensitivity and discomfort you experience when whitening sensitive teeth. For best results, consult your dentist about how soon you should start using a sensitivity toothpaste before your scheduled whitening treatment.
After Dental 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 any pain and discomfort of the teeth, particularly if it persists, contact your dentist for advice.
The Sensodyne Online Check Up^
Do you think you may have some of the symptoms of sensitive teeth? Our Online Check Up is a useful tool to help you find out more. It only takes a few minutes and you can take it right now.
^ This online check up is a guide to help you identify the symtoms that may indicate tooth sensitivity. This online tool does not replace the advice of a healthcare professional.