Ticklish Spots Inside the Mouth: A Common Phenomenon?

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In summary, the conversation discusses individuals experiencing a ticklish sensation when brushing their top teeth near the roof of their mouth. Some participants also mention experiencing a gag reflex or ticklish spots in unexpected places such as the soles of their feet. One individual notes that their stepson laughs when brushing his teeth, possibly due to sound effects and the promise of looking good for the ladies. It is also mentioned that some dogs seem to enjoy getting their teeth brushed while others do not. The conversation concludes with a question about whether this ticklish sensation is an inherited trait.
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I've wondered if other folks may have experienced this.
I feel a tickling sensation, when I brush my top teeth on the inside (near to roof of my mouth).

I've experienced this most of my life. Just never thought to compare notes before.
I wonder if there are others who also have a ticklish spot inside their mouth (or other odd place you would not expect one).
 
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I'm not ticklish when brushing my teeth, but if the brush hits the middle of the roof, then yes it tickles me.
 
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I'm not ticklish when brushing my teeth either, but if the brush hits the soles of my feet, then yes, it tickles me.
 
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Gokul43201 said:
I'm not ticklish when brushing my teeth either, but if the brush hits the soles of my feet, then yes, it tickles me.
That cooks mine up brown brother, I am not borrowing your toothbrush again.
 
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I don't notice a tickle as such, but getting near the top back of my mouth triggers a serious 'gag reflex'. I have to be careful to not throw up.
 
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My stepson P laughs like mad when I brush his teeth with a sonicare. Of course I have to also make sound effects and tell him how great he's going to look for the ladies to get him to cooperate... so he could be laughing at all that. Regardless... at least it gets him to keep his mouth open.
 
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physics girl phd said:
My stepson P laughs like mad when I brush his teeth with a sonicare. Of course I have to also make sound effects and tell him how great he's going to look for the ladies

He's old enough to care about girls, and can't brush his own teeth? :confused:
 
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I'm not ticklish when I brush my teeth, either.

I don't think my dogs are either, but it's hard to tell. It doesn't matter which gets their teeth brushed first (I tend to alternate somewhat randomly), the first would rather not be getting their teeth brushed while the second can't wait to get their teeth brushed.

This in spite of the fact that they each have their own toothbrush, which eliminates the possibility that the toothbrush somehow changes during the first brushing. I've tried putting the tooth paste on the brushes at the same time and also tried putting the tooth paste on the brushes immediately prior to brushing and the effect is the same.

I'm thinking that maybe I brush differently on the second dog than the first dog. Maybe I get fatigued during the first one and the second brushing is gentler and tickles instead of hurts?

It could be that watching another dog get their teeth brushed makes it look a lot more appealling than it really is, but, come on, even a dog will eventually realize it's teeth brushing regardless of which order they get it. If it's just psychological, they should either a) both begin to like getting their teeth brushed regardless of order since they're getting attetion or b) both begin to resent teeth brushing regardless of order.
 
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Danger said:
He's old enough to care about girls, and can't brush his own teeth? :confused:

He's physically disabled... but decidedly still hormonal. :biggrin:
 
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physics girl phd said:
He's physically disabled... but decidedly still hormonal. :biggrin:

Ah, I hadn't thought of that contingency. I hope that the question wasn't offensive; I really was curious. It must be rough on him to have urges and not be able to act upon them. (I know that it's rough on me, and my only disability in that area is that I'm married. :rolleyes:)
 
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This is quite interesting. Only a few here have noted a similar ticklish sensation inside their mouths. Now I am curious to see if this is an inherited trait, by asking family members.

physics girl phd said:
My stepson P laughs like mad when I brush his teeth with a sonicare. Of course I have to also make sound effects and tell him how great he's going to look for the ladies to get him to cooperate... so he could be laughing at all that. Regardless... at least it gets him to keep his mouth open.
By your description, I would count this as a yes.
 

1. What causes the tickle sensation inside my mouth?

The tickle sensation inside your mouth is most commonly caused by nerves being stimulated. This can happen when you eat something that is too spicy, acidic, or rough in texture. It can also be triggered by allergies or a bacterial or viral infection.

2. Is being ticklish inside my mouth a normal sensation?

Yes, being ticklish inside your mouth is a normal sensation. It is a natural response to stimulation of the nerves in your mouth. However, if the tickle sensation persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, it is best to consult a doctor.

3. Can stress or anxiety cause the tickle sensation in my mouth?

Yes, stress and anxiety can cause the tickle sensation inside your mouth. When you are stressed, your body produces more cortisol which can affect your nerve sensitivity and make you more prone to feeling ticklish.

4. How can I alleviate the tickle sensation in my mouth?

If the ticklish feeling in your mouth is caused by nerves being stimulated, it may pass on its own. You can also try drinking water or eating a piece of bread to help soothe the sensation. If the tickle persists, it is best to consult a doctor to determine the underlying cause.

5. Can medications or medical conditions cause the tickle sensation in my mouth?

Yes, certain medications and medical conditions can cause the tickle sensation inside your mouth. Some medications, such as antibiotics, can alter the balance of bacteria in your mouth and cause a ticklish feeling. Medical conditions such as GERD, allergies, or infections can also lead to a tickle sensation in the mouth.

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