Are my teeth going to fall out?
August 11, 2007 11:12 PM Subscribe
Why have my upper front teeth become sensitive to shock and rapid movement, and should I be worried? If so, what can I do about it?
posted by benign to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
I noticed a few days ago while I was walking that I could feel the shocks from my footsteps in my upper front teeth. I wasn't clenching them, and when I tried clenching them the sensation seemed to go away. I don't think that's a very good solution though. I also got the same sensation when I was towel drying my hair the other day, and can reproduce it at any time by shaking my head. When I shake my head it feels like the teeth are wagging back and forth and it's fairly uncomfortable. I don't do this often, just once a day since I noticed the weird sensitivity, to determine if it's still there.
As far as I can tell my teeth haven't become any more sensitive to hot or cold, and I don't experience any pain when chewing or biting.
I have noticed that the backs of my upper front teeth have been getting a little fuzzier than usual lately, and that they have required some extra brushing. I figured the extra plaque was probably due to changes in my diet since I moved to Beijing (13 days ago), but perhaps it is something more sinister? My diet since I arrived has generally been better than it was back in Canada, so I've tentatively ruled out scurvy, but I don't really have any other ideas.
What could be causing this? Will it go away on its own? Is there something I can do to get things back to normal faster? Should I see a dentist ASAP? I really want to avoid troubling my co-workers to arrange to see a dentist and then be told that there's nothing wrong. If necessary I'll go that route, but I would rather try other options first.
I will be checking back frequently and can post additional details and/or photos if it would be helpful.
Thanks hive mind!