What is tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is also known as dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. When there is no dental decay, and your teeth are sensitive or painful to hot, cold, and sweet foods and drinks then you have sensitive teeth.
This is a very common condition and almost every eighth person suffers from tooth sensitivity.
Why does Tooth Sensitivity Happen?
Tooth sensitivity is mainly due to the exposure of the dentine of the teeth. If the protective outer layer of the teeth i.e. enamel is lost due to any factor. The dentine will become exposed and become sensitive to any external stimuli.
The top ten causes of tooth sensitivity are:
Tip: Always see your dentist for tooth pain that is consistent and lasts for more than a day or two.
How to prevent tooth sensitivity?
You can reduce your risk of getting tooth sensitivity by:
What Can I Do if I Have Sensitive Teeth?
If you feel that your teeth are sensitive, you should seek treatment from your dentist. Your dentist will examine and identify the cause of sensitive teeth. After the diagnosis is made, your dentist may recommend different treatment options to treat sensitive teeth including the use of a desensitizing toothpaste. It is important to note that apart from tooth sensitivity, there are many other reasons for dental pain. Therefore, it is highly recommended to see the dentist for a proper diagnosis.
How to treat sensitive teeth?
There are many options to alleviate tooth sensitivity:
While there are many effective treatment options available for sensitive teeth, it’s always a good idea to consult with your dentist if you are experiencing ongoing teeth sensitivity as it could be a sign of more serious dental problems e.g. tooth decay.
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And remember, it is important to stay current with your 6-month check-up and cleanings.