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Sensitive Teeth Causes and Symptoms and Treatments

Updated on January 8, 2014

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Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Having sensitive teeth can be very difficult, you may have pain when you brush, from hot and cold foods, while brushing, and in some cases you may even be affected by air in your mouth. No one likes having sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can keep you from brushing and flossing and this will cause you to have more dental problems. Tooth sensitivity should not be ignored, it is best to visit your dentist as soon as possible. There are many reasons that you may be experiencing this. You may be surprised at some of the causes of tooth sensitivity.

Everyday brushing can cause tooth sensitivity, if you brush hard with a stiff bristled brush you can wear away the enamel on your teeth and expose the underlying dentin. Dentin is a calcified tissue that is under the enamel of your teeth. This substance makes up the bulk of your teeth and it is not solid, but if formed out of tiny tubes. Even though it is not solid it is actually the strongest part of your teeth.

It is best to use a soft or medium bristled tooth brush to clean your teeth. As you brush it can wear away the protective enamel on your teeth, do not scrub your teeth when you brush, move the brush in a circular motion lightly scrubbing all surfaces as well as your gum line. Try to choose non-abrasive toothpaste for your regular brushing and occasionally use an abrasive paste as needed. Baking soda is commonly used as a tooth cleaner and is a really good choice for a natural cleaning agent, but keep in mind that it is an abrasive and should not be used too aggressively.

Mouth wash can cause tooth sensitivity too, there are some harsh ingredients in some mouthwashes that will wear away your tooth enamel. The enamel on your teeth is the translucent substance that protects your dentin from decay. A substance in many mouthwashes called ASC can cause enamel erosion over a long period of time, you should look for a wash that has a high PH level for long term use. Using certain mouthwashes daily can also cause gum irritation.

Why do my teeth hurt?

If your teeth are damaged in any way you may experience mild to extreme tooth sensitivity. This includes, cracked or broken teeth, tooth cavities, damage from grinding your teeth, or gum disease that has damaged the roots of your teeth. There are some things that you can do to better take care of your sensitive teeth.

First you need to find out the cause of your sensitivity. You should see your dentist and have them do a thorough exam on your teeth and mouth. The dentist should be able to determine what the cause of your sensitive teeth is. In the mean time you should consider making some changes in some of your habits.

You should avoid acidic foods such as fruits, soda, and some yogurts, among other foods. you should check on the foods that you eat regularly and find out if they are acidic. Buy a soft tooth brush and do not brush your teeth too hard. Choose a tooth paste that is designed for sensitive teeth. There are many brands available for you to choose from.

Fluoride is reported to aid in stopping and even reversing tooth decay. How much fluoride and where it should come from under debate.

Is Fluoride bad for You? You decide.

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Some information on Fluoride

Fluoride can be considered to be highly toxic and have been shown to discolor your teeth in high doses. The United States is one of a very few countries that actually put fluoride in their water, we also have some of the highest rates of tooth decay in the world. Many European countries don’t put fluoride in their water and their rates for tooth decay are either lower or similar to the United States.

What is fluoride?

That is a really good question!

Some can argue that fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical found in our food and water, but that is not what is being put into our water supplies and dental products. The chemical that is being put into our bodies through water supplies and dental products is said to be a chemical waste product called silicofluoride and is linked to diseases such as cancer, thyroid disease, and among other health problems. I am not an expert on this subject but there is lots of information available in the form of articles and scientific studies that are available on the internet, I feel that it would be a worthwhile study for anyone interested in the pros and cons of fluoride.

Fluoride occurs naturally in some foods and drinks such as tea, white, black and green tea contains natural fluoride. The levels of fluoride in tea are not likely to reach a toxic level in your body because you would have to consume a very high amount of tea in a short period of time.

The debate on fluoride is likely to continue from both sides of the issue. My personal choice will be to limit or exclude it from my diet where possible. As I understand it may be beneficial in dental care as a topical agent and not necessarily beneficial for teeth when ingested such as in fluoridated drinking water. As with everything in life, I think balance is important.

Some last thoughts on dental care

There are many arguments both for and against different types of dental care treatments. My best suggestion for anyone who is interested in learning more on this subject is to do your research and always consider the source of your information.

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    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      4 years ago from California


    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      4 years ago from California

      Thaqnk you for your comments. I recently read and article about "oil pulling" which is when you take a teaspoon or so of oil (coconut, oil etc) and swish it around in your mouth the spit it out when it turns white. I thought this was really interesting. I is supposed to remove bacteria and promote gum and teeth health.

    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      true kim

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Useful info Kimberly! I started out with using a hard brush but now use a medium brush.

      I have reservations about using a toothpaste that is meant to reduce sensitivity as I feel it may mask the real cause of sensitivity and may lead to a bigger problem later on.

      Voted up, useful and sharing.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you for the share and the comments Jackie Lynnley :). I appreciate that you took the time to read and share. This was an interesting hub to write, I learned a lot.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, very informative hub that many should read! Sharing so they can. ^

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @TToombs08 Thank you for reading and commenting! I beleive that your sinus's are connected closely with your teeth and when there is inflammation it affects the whole area. I hope my article gave you some information that you could use.

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great information, Kimberly. My teeth get sensitive every time I get a sinus infection.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @gatti thank you and I hope your teeth feel better soon. I have read that seaweed tooth paste is very beneficial. It is worth checking into. Take care:)

    • Gatti profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub Kimberly my teeth had been bothering me lately. Thanks for the great advice!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @Michiganman567 Yes this was a tough article because I know that people feel strongly on both sides of the debate over fluoride, I tried to provide info from both sides of it. Personally I try to limit or stay away from it. I am sure that I agree that a softer tooth brush will help in any case! Thanks for the comment I appreciate it.

    • michiganman567 profile image


      6 years ago from Michigan

      The conspiracy people aren't going to like your recommendation of Fluoride. Thanks for the info. Im going to have to stay away from those hard toothbrushes.


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