Sensitive teeth is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. At least 45 million adults in the United States suffer from this condition at some time in their life.
Tooth sensitivity is caused by the stimulation of cells within tiny tubules located within the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel. When the hard enamel is worn down and/or roots are exposed from receded gums, these tubules are exposed and pain can occur while eating or drinking food and beverages that are hot or cold, touching your teeth, or exposing them to cold air.
It is recommended that those suffering from chronic tooth sensitivity should stay away from whitening toothpastes and whitening regimens, acidic foods and beverages, wines and yogurts. If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days, and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it’s best to get a diagnostic evaluation from your dentist to determine the extent of the problem. Because pain symptoms can be similar, some people might think that a tooth is sensitive, when instead, they actually have a cavity or abscess that’s not yet visible. Dentists have a variety of regimens to manage tooth hypersensitivity, including both in-office treatments and patient-applied products for home use. Evaluation is the first step in determining the cause of your sensitivity.