Friday, June 08, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental problems, affecting at least 40 million adults in the U.S., according to the Academy of General Dentistry. It involves pain or discomfort in teeth when eating certain flavors – such as sweet or acidic foods – or when these are exposed to cold and hot temperatures. Although the pain is often sharp and sudden, and it may shoot into the nerve endings of the tooth, it is only temporary.
Tooth sensitivity can happen to anyone, and a lot of factors contribute to it. One of these is brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, which can cause the enamel to wear down and encourage gum recession. Healthy teeth, in particular, have enamel that protects the underlying layer of dentin, which is softer than enamel. The dentin is connected to the nerve that stimulates pain in sensitive teeth, and these are protected by the gums. Thus, if the enamel is worn down or if the gum line has receded, the dentin becomes exposed.
Another factor is gum recession, which often occurs in people who suffer from periodontal disease, as it exposes the dentin. Gingivitis, which causes inflamed and sore gum tissue, can also cause tooth sensitivity as it exposes the tooth’s root. (Related: 8 Natural Remedies That Repair Receding Gums.)
Having cracked teeth can also lead to tooth sensitivity as these can be filled with bacteria from plaque and cause inflammation in the pulp of the tooth. In more severe cases, it may result in abscess and infection. Other causes of tooth sensitivity include teeth grinding or clenching, plaque buildup, long-term use of mouthwash that contains acids, acidic foods, and dental procedures, such as professional cleaning, root planing, crown replacement, and other tooth restoration procedures.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies to treat and improve sensitive teeth. Here are some natural remedies you can try, according to an article published on the website StyleCraze.com:
Other treatments for sensitive teeth include changing your brushing habits; refraining from consuming acidic foods, such as oranges and pickles, and drinking acidic beverages such as red wine, soda, and fruit juices; putting a stop to tooth grinding; and treating receding gums. Although its symptoms may be lessened, tooth sensitivity will never completely go away unless the primary cause is not thoroughly addressed.
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