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.
Some causes of 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 dentine. Dentine is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When the underlying dentine loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat, cold, acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentine may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.
Symptoms of sensitive teeth
You can recognise sensitive teeth by various symptoms:
- Painful teeth after using hot or cold products
- Pain eating certain foods (mainly sour food)
- Short and painful stings at the root of the tooth or gum on a regular basis
Sensitive teeth can cause pain. This has a direct effect when eating or drinking certain foods. Treatment is necessary when you cannot find the cause yourself or if the symptoms become more chronic. When this occurs, it is best to visit your dentist or dental hygienist.
How to 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. 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.
Frequently asked questions about sensitive teeth
Can smoking cause sensitive teeth?
Yes. Smoking can cause inflammation in your mouth as well as your body. Inflammation can cause sensitive teeth. We advise you to stop smoking or at least use our products on a daily bases.
Can my reducing enamel cause sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a decrease in enamel. Your teeth will be less protected which can make them more sensitive. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist how to deal with this problem.