Tooth sensitivity can be painful, but also exceptionally frustrating. A cold drink on a hot day or a warm drink on a cold day can send you reeling in pain. What causes tooth sensitivity and why do some people suffer from this debilitating dental problem and others never seem to have a problem?
One of the major causes of tooth sensitivity is acidic foods. Acidic foods can result in tooth decay and unwelcome cavities. The acid can sit on the plaque, burrowing into the enamel of the tooth and result in the dental pulp being exposed. The dental pulp sits inside the tooth and is home to all the nerves, once this happens the nerves are exposed, resulting in sensitivity when you eat and drink.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in the United Kingdom, also revealed that sugar is a leading cause of tooth sensitivity. Sugared foods and drinks also eat away at the tooth enamel and over time can result in tooth sensitivity, cavities and severe oral health problems. It is important to reduce your sugar consumption now to promote a healthy mouth and enjoy good oral health moving forward.
Anyone who suffers from bruxism, which is grinding of the teeth may experience tooth sensitivity. Many people grind their teeth while they sleep and it’s common for the person to be completely unaware that they do this. It is only until someone points out to them that they are grinding their teeth that they realise they have a problem. Grinding puts undue pressure and strain on the teeth, forcing them to wear down.
The good news for anyone who suffers with bruxism, there are treatments available which your dental professional can assist you with. The most common treatment is a mouth guard which you wear while you sleep, while this doesn’t stop the grinding, it does reduce the damage you cause to your teeth, thereby reducing the risk of tooth sensitivity moving forward.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth sensitivity. Gum disease comes in two stages. Gingivitis is the mild to moderate form of the disease which causes swelling, inflammation, bleeding and discomfort, while periodontal disease is a more severe form, which if left untreated can result in tooth loss. Both forms of gum disease can result in pain. If you experience any form of dental pain, it’s advisable to make an urgent appointment to visit your dentist, according to Dr Tariq Drabu.
A dental cavity can result in serious tooth sensitivity. In some instances you may not be aware that your tooth has a cavity, over time the cavity becomes bigger. As the cavity grows, it works its way through the enamel, exposing the dental pulp and nerves, which is where the pain comes from. This can result in mild to severe pain, depending on the size and location of the cavity. Cavities must be dealt with quickly and effectively to reduce the risk of having to have the tooth extracted.
Cracked teeth can also cause tooth sensitivity. When you have a cracked tooth you will know all about it. The crack in the tooth will expose the delicate interior of the tooth and chances are you will experience severe pain until you have the tooth cared for by your dentist.
Dr Tariq Drabu advises that you must keep your routine dental appointment, even if you aren’t experiencing any tooth sensitivity. During a routine appointment, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined to identify if there are any problems which may need treatment, reducing the risk of the problems worsening moving forward.