Tooth sensitivity also known as dentin hypersensitivity it is characterized by pain, sensitivity and severe discomfort in the teeth or tooth that occurs when your teeth comes in contact with foods that are hot or cold. Tooth sensitivity can be temporary or permanent, but it can be easily treated by following oral hygiene.
Common triggers for tooth sensitivity
Here are some of the regular food items that can trigger tooth sensitivity.
- Sour foods
- Sugary foods
- Cold foods or drinks
- Hot foods or drinks
- Taking in cold air
- Brushing your teeth
Causes of tooth sensitivity
Teeth are the hardest substance present in the body and, tooth sensitivity is a condition, which occurs when the outer layer that is enamel (the light yellow or grayish white part that covers the crown of the teeth) is ruptured, that leads to exposure of underlying surface, the dentin (contains tiny nerve endings), in turn loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum. This leads to exposure of the nerve endings to hot, cold, acidic or sticky foods, causing tooth sensitivity and whenever you drink hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods you feel tingling sensation and causes severe discomfort in your teeth or tooth.
How to control tooth sensitivity?
- If you take care of your teeth or tooth by practicing oral hygiene, sensitivity can be controlled.
- it is very important to follow a proper dental care routine no matter what, you have to make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, brushing with soft bristle brush can protect your teeth enamel and prevent decay as well as tooth sensitivity.
- After brushing thoroughly, flossing your teeth is necessary as it helps clean the surfaces between the teeth.
- Always buy toothpaste consisting of fluoride as it is very effective in protecting the enamel of the teeth, and also prevents formation of cavities in the teeth and make your teeth less sensitive.
- After brushing, flossing, comes mouthwash which is very important as it prevents the bacteria from spoiling the teeth, using a mouthwash that has fluoride in it will be much better to prevent tooth sensitivity.
- Brushing, flossing followed by mouth washing is the right way of taking care of your as it protects your teeth from becoming sensitive.
- When you know your teeth has become sensitive it is better to not consume food and drinks that trigger your tooth sensitivity, instead consume foods that are low in acid which helps prevent tooth sensitivity.
- Teeth sensitivity can be prevented consuming more fresh fruits and foods that are low in acid.
- Make sure to visit your dentist regularly.