Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Is brushing or flossing an occasional obstacle? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth is a very common problem. Luckily this problem can be solved.
Cause sensitive teeth
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When the underlying dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.
Symptoms sensitive teeth
You can recognise sensitive teeth by various symptoms:
- Pain teeth after using hot or cold products
- As a result difficulty eating certain foods (mainly sour food)
- Short and painful stings at the root of the tooth or gum on a regular base
Consequences sensitive teeth
Sensitive teeth can cause pain. This has a direct effect when eating or drinking certain foods. A treatment is necessary when you cannot find the cause yourself or if the symptoms become more chronic. In that case it is advised to visit your dentist or dental hygienist.
Prevent sensitive teeth
Everyone can suffer from sensitive teeth. Despite this fact there are several factors that can contribute to this annoying syndrome. A smoker for instance has a much higher risk of getting sensitive teeth. When you grow older the chance of getting sensitive teeth is more likely to happen. One of the most important factors is your oral hygiene. When you are certain your oral hygiene is as perfect as can be, your teeth and gums will be as healthy as possible.