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A 59-year-old male asked:

Can the general statement be made that adults needing toothpaste for sensitive teeth have some degree of gum recession = a periodontal issue?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes and no because: While it is true that many patients suffer from sensitive teeth due to gum recession and cervical sensitivity, which is in part a periodontal issue, there are many other causes of tooth sensitivity which are not periodontal issues. Finally, while there are toothpastes to help with sensitivity, they may or may not work and there are other methods that your dentist can use to help. Ask your dentist.
Dr. Jeffrey Collura
Cosmetic Dentistry 14 years experience
Not always: Most often sensitivity is due to to root exposure from recession. Not all recession is due to periodontal disease, and often people with recession have very healty gums, otherwise. Sensitivity can be caused by other sources such as enamel loss, overbrushing, diets high in acid foods, cavities, grinding or bite discrepencies. Desensitizing toothpaste may be sufficient for symptoms, but not always.
Dr. Michael Stern
Dentistry 49 years experience
No: Not always, as there can be other causes for tooth sensitivity.
Dr. Alvis Burris
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
No: Sensitivity has occur from other factors for example whitening number one complaint is sensitivity.

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