If you had short and sharp discomfort when you take cold or hot drinks, you might be having tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is very common. In fact, 7/10 people are suffering from this condition. Among the tooth sensitivity sufferers, 39% are aware of their condition while another 32% experience sensitivity symptoms but are unaware of the condition. Why does that happen?
Our teeth are protected by a hard protective layer called enamel. Underneath this layer lies the dentine. Our dentine is really good at perceiving temperature changes as it has internal fibers running through it. However, when they detect this cold or hot temperature change in your mouth, they send pain signals to your brain. This is why you have that sharp sensation when you take a huge bite of your ice cream.
You may wonder if we are born with this protective environment, why do I still have tooth sensibility? Problems like receding gums or enamel wire over time can expose the underlying dentin layer. When this happens, tooth sensitivity might get triggered more frequently. To make it simple, your tooth is like a castle and your enamel is like a castle wall. Enamel wear from extreme tooth brushing, an acidic diet, or receding gums is like attached to the castle wall. Once the castle wall is breached, the hot and cold drinks you put in your mouth will attack the inner layer of your teeth, therefore, bringing you discomfort.
Now let’s talk solution! If you think you’re having tooth sensitivity, you should first go to the dentist and get a checkup to make sure that you do not have any tooth decay or other dental problems. If the dentist diagnoses you with venting hypertensivity, which is the fancy name for tooth sensitivity, you might want to consider getting a sensitivity toothpaste. A good sensitivity toothpaste should be able to help lock repairing minerals in the surface structure of the enamel as well as build a hydroxyapatite-like layer over and within the exposed antenna tubules of sensitive teeth. It’s like repairing and patching up the holes in a castle wall, shielding the inner layers from the hot and cold stimuli. Therefore, you can enjoy your icelandic or hot tea again.
Don’t let tooth sensitivity take away the things you enjoy in life. Reclaim life’s small pleasures by better self-care. Remember to get your dental checkup once every six months and don’t forget to brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush as well as use specially formulated sensitivity toothpaste to help combat tooth sensitivity.