Tooth sensitivity is also referred to as dentin hypersensitivity. When sensitivity is not caused by cavities or a fractured tooth can be the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth root.
Sensitivity can be caused by:
Gum disease - including gingivitis and periodontitis
Brushing too hard (can wear away the enamel)
Buildup of plaque
Clenching or grinding your teeth
Sensitivity is not only a problem that affects older people; it can start as early as teens or early 20's. 1 in 5 adults suffer from painfully sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth can lead to severe plaque buildup, gingivitis, gum disease, and infections resulting from improper brushing and flossing due to the pain caused from lingering sensitivity.
In most common, less severe instances of sensitive teeth, using a desensitizing tooth paste is recommended. It helps by blocking the transmission of painful sensations to the tooth's nerve.
When hyper sensitivity is severe, persistent, and unable to be controlled by other means; your dentist may recommend having a root canal done by a specialist.
For more information on sensitivity, please visit the Americal Dental Association here.
Robert Lustbader DDS
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