The more accurate term for tooth sensitivity is “dentin hypersensitivity,” but whatever we choose to call it the condition can interfere with an everyday lifestyle. A lot of adults for instance, like to start their day with a hot cup of tea or coffee but for those with sensitive teeth this morning routine may have to be sacrificed.
The most common complaints heard by dentists who have patients dealing with sensitivity include the pain that they experience when their teeth come in contact with an extremely hot or cold drink. Some people are also susceptible to sweet or acidic foods. Even a sudden intake of cold air can have an effect on highly sensitive teeth.
Years of exposure to the acids in some foods and drinks will take a toll on the protective coating of enamel around the teeth. When the hard enamel is compromised the softer inner layers of the tooth are exposed to pain producing stimuli.
One of the repercussions of gum disease is that the gum tissue will start to pull away from the teeth leaving them susceptible to infection causing bacteria and leading to an increased level of tooth sensitivity.
There are in-office dental treatments that can be used to seal off the areas of the teeth that have been opened to exposure and relieve the symptoms of sensitivity. At home treatment can include a prescription fluoride varnish to be applied directly onto the teeth.
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