What is tooth sensitivity
Pain in the teeth triggered by hot, cold, sweet or sour
foods, drinks and brushing indicates sensitive teeth. The
pain can be sharp, sudden and shoot deep into the teeth.
What causes sensitive
Teeth become sensitive when their outer protective covering
the enamel is lost.This allows hot / cold substances to come
in contact with open dentinal tubules and cause pain.
This can happen because of faulty harsh brushing, habits such
as tabacco chewing, excessive consumption of acidic substances
such as pickles, carbonated drinks, ageing, cracked and chipped
teeth, caries , hyperacidity and gum disease.
in patients with sensitive teeth ?
Sensitive teeth can make life miserable as the intense pain
and discomfort makes hot, cold, sweet and sour food / drinks
difficult to enjoy. The total quality of life is thus affected
as routine procedures like brushing are hampered due to pain.
Faulty brushing and inability to brush leads to accumulation
of food debris and plaque. This can further worsen the sensitivity
and lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
What can be
done for sensitive teeth ?
It is essential to consult a dentist for sensitive teeth,
as the root cause of sensitivity can be analysed and treated
most effectively by him.