colgateprofessional.com defines tooth sensitivity as a simple term for root or dentin hypersensitivity. Periodontal disease and receding gums are two of the main culprits responsible for sensitive teeth: When the dentin on the root of a tooth becomes exposed, it has lost its protective enamel coating. Unprotected dentin allows food, plaque and acids to access and irritate the nerves deep in your teeth. This may result in tooth pain.
In other words, tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects our teeth gets thinner, or when gum recession occurs, exposing the underlying surface, the dentin, thus, reducing the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and root.
It’s easily identifiable, too. If foods and drinks that are sweet, acidic, hot or cold cause discomfort upon contact, you might have sensitive teeth. Another symptom is the same feeling resulting from breathing in very cold air, and it can come and go. Unfortunately, it’s quite common. Approximately half of the population has experienced tooth sensitivity at one time or another.
TOP WAYS TO PREVENT TOOTH SENSITIVITY
- Daily brushing – Brushing properly twice daily for two minutes with toothpaste that does not have high levels of abrasives can help reduce the chance of tooth sensitivity
- Flossing – flossing once a day can help get rid of plaque on the gum line and between the teeth, and can help reduce instances of tooth sensitivity
- Follow a diet low in acid – a diet low in acidic foods and drinks also helps prevent tooth sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can make eating and drinking a painful experience. If you are experiencing unmanageable pain, contact 09095500773 to book your appointment or visit Canan Dental Clinic (5a, Sasegbon Street, Off Sobo Arobiodu Street, GRA Ikeja).
Flosses and products for managing tooth sensitivity also available at the Clinic.