Monday, July 24, 2017

What makes sensitive teeth sensitive?

Do you fear an ice cream cone on a hot day or a steaming cup of java in winter? You may have sensitive teeth.

Jane Cotter, RDH, MS, assistant professor, Texas A&M College of Dentistry, says over time, enamel may wear away, exposing the dentin layer of the tooth and the dentin tubules--the fluid moving in the tubules triggers a pain response. Yow.

The biggest cause is gum recession. Other causes included toothbrush abrasion (brushing too hard or with too hard a brush), periodontal therapy, tooth decay, fault restorations, or excessive bleaching.

Foods that heighten sensitivity:

--Sodas (diet and regular)
--Energy drinks
--Fruit juice
--Wine
--Coffee

When it's cold out, the temperature actually affects the sinuses and then the teeth underneath respond.

Cotter says having sensitive teeth makes life dull. No ice-cream, cold weather running...

Treatments?

She recommends over-the-counter toothpaste containing potassium nitrate or calcium phosphate. Fluoride gels or rinses can also help.

If this doesn't do the trick, talk to your dentist. This goes especially if you are changing your life over the pain in your teeth.

Ice-cream is just too important.

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