What is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is caused by the movement of fluid within tiny tubes located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp), which results in nerve irritation. When the hard enamel is worn down or gums have receded, causing the tiny tube surfaces to be exposed, pain can be caused by eating or drinking foods or hot or cold beverages, touching your teeth, or exposing them to cold air.
How common is Tooth Sensitivity?
It is one of the most common problems in the world. More than 40 million adults in the US have faced tooth sensitivity at some point in their life.
How can you control sensitivity?
One of the most common ways to reduce the sensitivity is using desensitizing toothpaste; Also you may visit your dentist who can apply sealants and other desensitizing and filling materials, including fluoride; and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods.
When should one consult a dentist for Teeth sensitivity?
If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it’s best to get a diagnostic evaluation from your dentist to determine the extent of the problem.
What will my dentist do?
Dentists have a variety of regimens to manage tooth hypersensitivity, including both in-office treatments and patient-applied products for home use. If you are diagnosed with dentin hypersensitivity, your dentist may apply a desensitizing agent or a protective coating. You may be prescribed a stannous fluoride gel or an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste containing fluoride and either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These ingredients help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth to the nerve.