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Cold sensitivity after scaling

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Posted by: mature_dad  (10 years ago)

Four months ago, I went to my dentist to have my teeth cleaned. It had been about three years since I went there. The dentist said I have excessive plaque build-up and she scrapped really hard between the teeth. Since then my teeth started to hurt with anything cold .I have no cavities or fillings in any of my teeth. I brush, floss and rinse with mouth wash regularly. I never had any sensitivity in any of my teeth prior to visiting the dentist. Does this have to do with how hard the dentist scrapped my teeth? It actually hurt while she was doing this. Is the sensitivity permanent? What can I do to deal with this? Your ideas are highly appreciated. Cheers!
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Posted by: ghnane  (10 years ago)
Dear mature_dad,

You are experiencing a very common phenomenon that many people experience after a deep cleaning. The dentist removed all that plaque and calculus so you do not develop gingivitis (swollen inflamed gums) which if untreated will lead to periodontitis (when teeth become lose and mobile and roots of teeth begin to show). She must have cleaned under your gums as well where there is no enamel and very easy to expose dentinal tubules which lead to sensitivity to hot and cold. I recommend you to visit your dentist every 6 months so you don't have as much plaque accumulated and your cleanings won't be as invasive. For now try using over the counter Stannous Fluoride containing toothpaste or rinse to diminish sensitivity.