[Video] Ellerslie Dentist | Causes of Tooth Sensitivity & Solutions
- On March 31, 2019
Everyone. Welcome back to the tooth Dr. YouTube Channel. I’m Trevor and this is the one and only Dr. Peter, UV tooth doctor. And today we’re going to be talking about what causes tooth sensitivity, and what to do about it. Um, so here’s a quote. My extra sensitive toothpaste does not like it when I use other toothpaste. I saw it on Easier. I thought it was hilarious. I thought putting in here just for some fun. Um, and a CBC article revealed that 30% of Canadians have sensitive teeth. What do you think about that?
Well, yeah, you know, there’s, I’ve met people, they’ve had tooth sensitivity for like two years. Um, they don’t do anything about it. You know, sometimes it’s just one of those, it was kind of chronic pains that you just deal with and sometimes you just forget about it. So, you know, that’s, that’s unfortunate when people kind of just let it go and just has to kind of live with the pain, unfortunately. But yeah, it happens.
And I’ve, I’ve done the same thing and live with the pain in my tooth or somewhere else. And you just live with it and hope it goes away. But how often Dr. Peter, do you treat patients for sensitive teeth?
You know what, we do get people that come in. Um, I can’t give an exact number. You know, we do get a few, you know, weekly, monthly that come in with, you know, oh, I can’t eat when I drink coffee, it hurts. Um, you know, this tooth is, this tooth is aching, I can’t bite on this tooth. Um, and it’s not bad enough where they, you know, they take like medicine, like Tylenol or Advil, but you know, the sensitivity is there where they just avoid, you know, some of the good foods that we, we like ice cream. Yeah. Even ice water. Right, right.
Yeah. Um, so what is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity?
Um, well, you know, a lot of people say that it’s, you know, recession, you know, when your gums kind of pull away from the teeth and the roots are exposed, uh, there is, you know, cause for that, um, you know, if your gums aren’t healthy, you know, as we get older too, sometimes we get some recession. Um, the, the roots are made out of the second layer of your tooth. It was called Denton and they have little holes in them, which, uh, I guess allows for the transfer of, of cold or temperatures into your mouth that causes sensitivity. Um, other people’s, you know, sometimes it’s, it’s a cavity that’s big enough that gets close to the nerve and that’s where, you know, people get sensitive or have that as you call it, sweet tooth, you know, that’s kind of where the saying comes from.
Okay. I didn’t know that. Um, so is this tooth sensitivity more for occurring in older people, or younger people, or does it really matter?
Well, you’d like to think that more so occurs in older people. Um, but I have seen some young people with that and you know, so when they come in and they’re, you know, in their teens or their 20s, uh, it actually surprises me. I look, I was like, what? You don’t like a young person shouldn’t have, uh, you know, tooth sensitivity. So, you know, it’s sometimes intriguing in my mind why that happens. Uh, so we do our best to try and resolve, you know, what the causes and, and how to, you know, make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Cool. So how does having sensitive teeth affect people’s health?
Well, you know, um, one, uh, I guess the first thing that comes to mind is just sometimes when you’ve got a sense of tooth on one side, then all you do is just chew on the other side. Oh, okay. Okay. And so you never want to kind of be, you know, one-sided, we’re designed a certain way so that you can use both sides of your mouth. You know, you don’t want to be just working out one arm and not working out the other and having this huge bicep here, but nothing here. I kind of reminds me of a, I know there’s this cartoon, I remember the guy had a very strong arm, you know, and yeah. Anyways, but yeah, that’s just kind of caused some asymmetry and you just don’t want over usage. Like, cause you know, just muscle tension, strain, uh, some things you’ve been TMJ problems and you know, worst case scenario is just you’re overusing the teeth and then because chipping and, and fractures and stuff like that.
So Is tooth sensitivity as a sign of bigger problems?
Usually it is. Yeah. Uh, you know, I used to think that, you know, since it came from the recession, so we have products to help cover those roots exposed roots. Um, some people are like, oh, it’s due to a cavity. You know, I even met a lady wants, it was kind of odd. She came to me, um, just came to Canada, got a checkup, actually just got her teeth clean. She didn’t want to check up. She didn’t want x rays, so, so why not? She goes, oh, nothing in my teeth bother me. They’re not sensitive. So I think my teeth are fine. Well, she, luckily, let me have a quick look at her teeth and, uh, I found 10 cavities. Oh, No. Okay. So, you know, sensitivity is not always assigned that you have a tooth problem, but when you do have sensitivity, there is sometimes more, more, uh, in-depth issues.
Okay. Yeah. Um, so what is the best or most common way that you treat sensitive teeth?
What do we look at? Different people in terms of what happens? Sometimes the, you know, they grind their teeth and they worn their teeth down. Um, so sometimes he gets sensitive teeth just from even chewing a, so we sometimes try and, you know, restore them with other fillings. Uh, sometimes, um, just covering up some of the, uh, root exposures, um, can, can help. Uh, but actually, to be honest, one of the biggest things that I’ve recently learned, uh, was through some of my patients that I’ve seen the, you know, I, I, I look at a patient and they got a spot sensitive. I’m like, oh yeah, it’s cause they’re really exposed. But oddly enough, oddly enough, but tooth on this side has more recession. But why that dude isn’t sensitive. So why is that? And so I kind of did a little bit more, you know, I wouldn’t say research, but just personal, uh, assessments. When I’m looking at a patient and I found out, you know, one of the big things that actually do cost sensitivity is, uh, a problem with your bite if you’re not biting properly. If you have a tooth that’s biting little bit heavier, the rest of your teeth that cause aggravation of the nerve, okay. When you grind, when you’re, when you grind your teeth side, there’s that. Your teeth are designed in a certain way to move and function a certain way. And so when that doesn’t happen, you get a basic extra pressure or contact with the tooth, which again, cause the aggravation and that caused the nerve to be more alert. And that’s where the tooth notices the cold more notices a hot morning, that’s a sensitivity, um, can sometimes be resolved from, uh, just uh, adjusting the bite to leveling things out to the, the way they’re supposed to function properly.
Okay. Wow. And, uh, what do you do to do that? You just grind some teeth that way?
We see, look at teeth. We basically, you know, check with a, we call the articulating paper or like a, those papers that have the, the colored paper. Okay. When you bite around and check and then see where it’s high, you know, so usually when a person comes in it’s like, oh yeah, I had this tooth sensitive and I’ll check the bite on that tooth. Maybe I’ll check the opposite side to see if it’s equal, right. Because if it’s equal, then hmm. Maybe something fell strobe. Usually, the culprit is that tooth. There’s a heavier bike, there’s a darker mark on the tooth. And so sometimes just a little shave of the, of the enamel. I know people say, oh, don’t you the namel, but you know what? It’s in terms of correcting the bite and evening things out. Um, as dentists we call it, uh, basically occlusal equilibration, basically making sure that everything is matching, uh, and that lot of times we’ll solve the problem.
Awesome. Um, so what happens if people are using sensitivity toothpaste to try and fix the problem? Is that a good solution in some cases? you know, um, my mother goes by it. Yeah. I know that a lot of people, they, um, okay.
So, uh, that’s uh, I’ll ask you a question about sensitive toothpaste. Okay. So doctor, you, um, a lot of patients probably use sensitivity toothpaste and is that something that you recommend people use if they have a sensitivity problem?
Uh, you know, my mother, she, she’s, she likes to brush really hard, get a nice, good clean, and yet, unfortunately, she caused a lot of recession on your teeth and uh, yeah, she stood by it. Right. She likes sensitive toothpaste, um, to help minimize just the, the ache, you know, if she has some ice cream. Uh, so it did help and I think it’s useful. Um, I would, you know, to each person their own, sometimes sensitive toothpaste works and sometimes it doesn’t. Uh, I do tell patients that have like, you know, a tooth, it’s a very sensitive, there are certain ways that you should be using the toothpaste. Okay. Not just the regular brushing, you know, spit, rinse your mouth, all that stuff. There are some extra things that we would share with patients in terms of how to make the toothpaste a little bit more useful and, and, uh, beneficial.
Okay. Now, what happens if they stop using that sensitivity toothpaste? Will the pain come back the same or is it, you know, how does that work? Some people say yeah, when they stop using toothpaste, the sensitivity comes back. So, um, you know, I would like to think that you never have to be stuck with something for a long, long period of time. Um, but yeah, you know, sometimes the toothpaste doesn’t work. You know, I would honestly say come in, we’d have a look and see what the actual problem is. A lot of times the sensitivity is not just because of recession. And so to try and find actual reason of, of what’s going on, you know, um, that’s, that’s our goal, right?
So that you can, you should only have to use regular toothpaste. And I know a lot of people, they have, you know, older people, you know, they got, you know, people that have no bone loss and gum disease, stuff like that. And so their roots are, a lot of their teeth have a risk. Suppose they don’t have sensitivity. So the question is why do these people have, you know, the majority of the teeth have, you know, their roots exposed and they don’t get sensitivity. There’s gotta be something else.
So really getting to the root of the cause is a better solution then and a topical solution or 10 minutes. Awesome. So how can people avoid getting sensitive teeth or the sensitivity problem?
Well, you know, if you’re going to focus on, you know, the gum disease and the, you know, the recession, the biggest thing is just to make sure you take care of your teeth, keep them clean. Coming into dentists, uh, on a regular basis to make sure that the gum health is a, is good in a lot of people, at times I’ve seen people, their gums look healthy, but actually the bone inside, inside of their gums is actually very poor. So even though the tooth looks like it’s completely covered, you know, actually inside there’s a, there’s a deep pocket, um, where the roots are exposed. And so, you know, those are things that are important.
You know, you know, you don’t just, you know, just say, oh, I feel my heart. I can feel my heart pumping, and a, yeah, it’s healthy, right? You got to go to routine checkup. You know, how many people keep forgetting about getting their annual checkups and just, you know, getting their blood pressure was taken and all that stuff. You know, those are things that as medical professionals and our is to make sure that things are in the way that, that is, is good and healthy and proper. Even though things may look like that, they may not be. Right. Right.
Very good. Well, thanks so much for all of your advice today. This was really, really good. I learned something and I know that people who are watching on YouTube did, so please subscribe to the channel. Give us a thumbs up and noodles, you guys, next time.
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