About Sensitive Teeth/Pangingilo
What Causes Pangingilo?
Sensitive Teeth/Pangingilo is Caused by the
Exposure of Dentine
Sensitive Teeth/Pangingilo is caused by the
gradual exposure of the softer part of your tooth that lies under
the tooth enamel, called "dentine".Dentine has tiny tubes
('tubules') that contain nerve endings and are filled with fluid.
Eating or drinking foods and drinks that are hot, cold, sweet or
sour can cause this fluid to move. This fluid movement causes the
nerve endings to react in response, triggering a pain of discomfort
or a short, sharp pain.
Some of the most common dental
conditions that can cause sensitive teeth/pangingilo include:
Brushing Too Hard
Dental hygiene habits such as brushing too
frequently, too vigorously or with a hard-bristled toothbrush can
eventually wear down tooth enamel. These can also cause receding
gums, causing further exposure of the dentine.
Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
When gum tissue becomes inflamed and
weakened from gingivitis (gum disease), you might have sensitive
gums and may feel sensitive teeth/pangingilo because more of the
underlying dentine root surface is exposed.
If you teeth grind when you sleep, or if
you clench your teeth throughout the day, you may be wearing down
enamel and exposing the underlying dentine layer of your tooth.
A receding gum near the sensitive tooth,
caused by conditions such as periodontal disease, can expose the
tooth's dentine and cause sensitivity. Brushing too vigorously or
frequently can also cause receding gums.
Learn More: Understanding Your Teeth