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    Why do my teeth hurt while brushing? How to solve the problem?

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    Often wonder, “Why do my teeth hurt while brushing?” Do you want to solve the problem?

    Normally, brushing healthy teeth doesn’t hurt. However, brushing pain is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. And the cause is not always dental disease, although this factor is certainly at the top of the list in terms of prevalence. But pain during dental hygiene procedures can also be perfectly healthy teeth. In any case, you should contact a dentist with the problem – the doctor will determine the cause of the discomfort and pain during cleaning, and eliminate it.

    In general, the variety of reasons that can cause soreness of teeth or gums during hygiene procedures can be divided into several large groups.

    1. Dental diseases.
    2. Sensitive enamel.
    3. Temporary conditions that occur after dental procedures.

    Let’s take a closer look at each of these options.

    Dental diseases

    If there are untreated teeth in your mouth, if there are gum diseases, you are likely to experience discomfort, pain when brushing your mouth. And the only option to solve the problem in this case is to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible and carry out the appropriate treatment.

    What are the reasons that can lead to pain during cleaning:

    caries, pulpitis and other dental disease

    The closer the pathology is to the dental nerve, the more severe and pronounced the pain will be;


    After a fall, after a blow to the jaw, there may be a trauma to the crown, chipped tooth enamel. The trauma may result in a constant toothache or only come into contact with the problem tooth, including brushing. Lack of timely dental care can lead to the development of a serious inflammatory process;


    A disease that causes inflammation of the gums and tissues that support the tooth. Periodontitis is characterized by a constant and nagging pain that only gets worse when touched;

    bareness of the tooth neck

    The neck is the area between the crown and the root of the tooth. Normally, the neck hides under the gum and does not show itself in any way. If the patient has inflammation of the gums, the neck can be exposed, and then touching the dentin in this area causes severe pain.

    Timely visit to the dentist will allow you to identify and correct all these problems, and then the oral care procedures will not be associated with pain and discomfort.

    Increased tooth sensitivity

    In some cases, an oral exam at the dentist cannot reveal any cavities, pulpitis, or gum disease, but your teeth continue to hurt. In such cases, it is likely that it is a case of hypersensitivity of the enamel.

    Hypersensitivity of the teeth, hyperesthesia, is characterized by short-term painful sensations when the enamel is exposed to mechanical, temperature, or chemical irritants. Pain may occur when you eat something very cold, sweet or sour, or you may experience pain while brushing.

    Hyperesthesia is a fairly common diagnosis, affecting one in two people in the world. There are many different reasons for the increased sensitivity of enamel:

    • thinning enamel. Incorrect bite, wedge effects lead to increased enamel erasure, respectively, to its thinning and sensitivity;
    • demineralization. Phosphorus, calcium, and other trace elements are leached from the enamel;
    • changes in the pH of saliva when taking certain medications, foods and drinks. pH less than 5.5 is already considered dangerous;
    • some diseases that are accompanied by endocrine disorders, gastroesophageal reflux;
    • work at a harmful production, exposure to radiation, lack of vitamins, unfavorable environment.

    As a rule, it is a combination of a variety of reasons that lead to increased tooth sensitivity: the enamel becomes thin, loses its strength and is no longer able to protect dentin from irritants. The result is unpleasant pain and discomfort.

    How do I prevent hyperesthesia?

    It should be noted that hyperesthesia forms gradually: this means that you have time to prevent the formation of pathology – make healthy habits and you will not have to deal with acute dental pain:

    • Ensure proper and regular oral hygiene. Plaque is the perfect breeding ground for microbes, which produce organic acids that dissolve enamel minerals. It turns out that the tooth looks intact, but the density of enamel is noticeably reduced. And in this case hyperaesthesia is the first call that forces you to pay attention to the state of your oral cavity, followed by dental caries;
    • Eat the right foods. There are foods that can cause weakening of enamel, try to eliminate them from your diet or keep their consumption to a minimum. These are candy, sugary carbonated drinks and juices, this wine and various sweets containing orthophosphoric acid;
    • Minimize the use of harsh whitening pastes that are based on chemical and abrasive ingredients.

    Sensitivity may be mild, moderate or severe. In the first case, the pain occurs as a reaction to cold or hot, in the second case, it also appears when eating something sweet, salty or sour. Painful reactions to mechanical stimuli, including brushing the teeth, is the third degree of hyperesthesia.

    Why not ignore the problem? Painful reactions to certain foods, temperatures, and mechanical stimuli turn the process of eating into a constant source of stress. As a result, the person’s mood spoils, irritability appears, and concentration and performance are reduced. Ineffective chewing leads to gastrointestinal problems and a change in eating habits. Lack of action to eliminate hypersensitivity will result in the destruction of the teeth eventually.

    Can the problem be corrected? Of course you can. The first step is to get rid of stones, cavities, deposits, plaque, and wedge-shaped defects. After professional oral hygiene, it is important to strengthen the enamel – this is done with fluoride and calcium. Then the dentist teaches the patient how to properly floss and brush, and select the appropriate oral care products.

    After dental procedures

    One of the procedures that leads to increased tooth sensitivity is professional oral hygiene. The good news is that the pain in this case is a very short-term phenomenon.

    For example, during ultrasonic cleaning, the sensitivity of enamel tends to increase dramatically. The fact is that the tooth enamel becomes loose and thin under dense plaque. After removal of this plaque, the sensitivity of enamel, respectively, becomes the most pronounced. Dentists usually take this into account, and after the professional cleaning, they select a toothpaste to prevent hypersensitivity. In addition, after the removal of plaque, the dentist performs an enamel remineralization or deep fluoridation. In the first case, the enamel is treated with active compounds of phosphate and calcium. The second involves coating your teeth with sodium fluoride. Both procedures make the enamel more resistant to irritants.

    Proper oral hygiene
    1. Use a synthetic toothbrush, soft or medium hard.
    2. Replace your brush every three months.
    3. Choose the right toothpaste. It is best to consult a dentist.
    4. Use enough toothpaste. Adults should squeeze an inch of toothpaste onto the brush each time.
    5. The duration of brushing is two minutes. Half a minute for each surface – bottom and top, right and left.

    Remember the main thing: no matter what causes tooth brushing pain, it needs to be corrected by the dentist. The only exception is if it is a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity after a professional oral cleaning.

    If your teeth hurt while brushing, call our clinic immediately at (407) 989 99-99. The doctors at Brickell Dental Care will get you out of your toothache in no time and make sure you feel as comfortable as possible with a healthy, shiny smile. Check our best dental deal for new patients here.

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