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Surprising causes of sudden tooth sensitivity

Do you ever feel a sudden, sharp sensation in your teeth when you are drinking something cold, hot or eating something sweet or sour? If so, then you are suffering from teeth sensitivity and according to a study, 1 out of 3 people suffer from teeth sensitivity in Bangladesh. Here is how to figure out the source of sudden discomfort.

Diet: Eating acidic or hard foods can harm teeth. Juices, citrus fruits and sports drinks can contribute to tooth sensitivity.

Harsh brushing: Habits like using a hard bristled toothbrush and brushing teeth aggressively can contribute to tooth sensitivity.

Tooth decay: Even a small cavity can eat away enough tooth enamel to expose dentin and cause sensitivity.

Recent dental work: People may experience temporary sensitivity after having a dental procedure. This should improve within four weeks but they should let dentist know if it persists.

Accidental trauma: Due to minor injuries in any type of accidents, enamel may crack down and leads to sensitivity.

Tooth whitening: Sensitivity can be a temporary side effect of a whitening treatment, but it can also result from using overly harsh whitening products or whitening teeth too frequently.

Split tooth: If someone experience sensitivity when biting down, it may indicate a split tooth. This requires immediate attention.

Eating or digestive disorders: The frequent vomiting associated with bulimia leads to stomach acids wearing away at the surface of the teeth. Acid reflux can have the same effect.

The writer works at Sakalpa Dental Clinic.

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