If you experience a feeling of discomfort or pain when you eat sweets or drinks, hot or cold foods, you could be suffering from sensitive teeth.
Did you know that one in four adults in the United States suffers from this evil?
All healthy tooth has a fabric, comprising tubular channels, called dentine. This tissue is protected from the gum line up by a layer of enamel and gum line down a layer called cementum, which are responsible for safeguarding the crown and root of the tooth respectively.
When the dentin is exposed by receding gums, tooth decay, worn seals, enamel demineralization or because the tooth is fractured, microscopic holes (called tubules) connected with the nerve, causing pain upon contact with certain foods and drinks.
Tooth sensitivity can become a constant pain generator that keeps you from performing daily activities such as eating, drinking and brushing your teeth normally.
Using a toothbrush with very hard bristles or brush too hard fact, are the most common causes of this condition, which over time can cause gingival recession (gum recession), which in turn causes exposure of the tooth root.
The consumption of acidic foods and drinks regularly can also cause demineralization of tooth enamel and increase the possibility of sensitivity.
Good oral hygiene, coupled with a good brushing technique and a low-acid diet, are key to preventing pain caused by sensitive teeth.
Tooth sensitivity should be treated and treatment depends on what is causing it. Your dentist may suggest a technique for properly brushing your teeth and tongue, as well as various products and procedures to correct the problem.