Pain or Discomfort When Eating Certain Substances at Certain Temperatures
One of the most common dental problems that affect millions of adults in the United States is tooth sensitivity. They feel pain or discomfort when they eat certain substances and at certain temperatures.
The most common symptom of tooth sensitivity is the teeth being sensitive to cold. These include cold foods and drinks, or even just taking a breath of cold air. People with sensitive teeth may also feel pain when consuming sweet, hot, or sour drinks or foods. There are some people who feel pain while flossing or brushing their teeth.
The pain is felt quickly and sharp. The good thing is that the pain is only temporary. The pain shoots into the nerve endings of the teeth. The good news for people with sensitive teeth is that they can be treated and people can get rid of the sensitivity of their teeth.
Enamel is the protective layer of healthy teeth that is above dentin. The roots of the tooth are protected by gums. There are times when enamel is worn down or if the gum line regressed and exposed the dentin layer. Dentin has thousands of channels that lead to the tooth’s pulp. When the dentinal tubules are exposed, they allow cold, heat, acidic, or sticky substances to reach the nerves and cause pain.
Sensitive teeth may be caused by brushing too hard or using toothbrush with hard bristles. These can wear down the enamel and expose dentin. It also encourage the recession of the gum line. Gum recession is also caused by periodontal disease.
Tooth sensitivity can be treated with desensitizing toothpaste. There are several brands of toothpaste on the market that are made for sensitive teeth. Also use toothbrush with soft bristles. People with sensitive teeth should avoid foods with high acidic content. There are also dental procedures that can help treat sensitive teeth. These include crowns and inlays.
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