Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem, which usually presents with pain when you eat or drink something that is hot or cold. You may also experience sensitivity when you come into contact with cold air or when you bite down on something.
Sensitivity can cause mild, moderate or severe tooth pain and in the most extreme cases, it can have negative impact on day to day life. Thankfully, there are ways of easing pain and helping to prevent further damage to the teeth.
Sensitivity occurs when the dentin becomes exposed. The dentin section of the tooth is located underneath the hard enamel exterior and it contains the nerves, which is why you can feel pain. Acid wear and damage to the enamel result in the enamel becoming thinner and this increases the risk of sensitivity. Sensitivity may also be the result of a dental injury or a sign of tooth decay.
If you suffer from sensitivity, it’s a good idea to see your dentist so that they can check out the affected teeth and make sure there is nothing that needs addressing. It’s advisable to use sensitive toothpaste to strengthen your enamel and ease pain caused by sensitivity. You can buy toothpastes that provide instant relief from pain, as well as those that are designed to prevent sensitivity.
If there are certain triggers, which cause you pain, such as hot coffee, try to avoid these if you can. If you can’t do without your morning cup of tea, try to let it cool slightly before you drink it and avoid very acidic drinks, such as fruit juice, which contribute to enamel wear, as well as causing pain if you already have sensitive teeth.
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