January 5 2008
Are Your Teeth
Dealing with Sensitive
Are you overly sensitive? Relax, I don't mean crying during
life insurance commercials; I'm talking about your smile.
Millions of adults struggle with hypersensitive teeth, meaning
they are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, very sugary or
acidic foods and drinks and vigorous tooth brushing. This kind
of sensitivity is often called "dentin hypersensitivity."
Dentin is the tissue that makes up the core of each tooth.
Above the gum line, dentin is protected with a coating of
enamel. Unfortunately, as enamel is worn away or decayed,
dentin becomes exposed and receptive to sensations that cause
painful nerve responses. This can also occur as the result of
receding gums, a common symptom of gum disease.
So, what causes sensitive teeth? A number of things may be
to blame. Over-zealous brushing with a firm bristled tooth
brush or abrasive toothpaste can lead to dentin
hypersensitivity, as can gum disease, which is the result of
poor brushing and flossing habits. Your diet may also play a
role, as frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks can
chemically dissolve tooth enamel. Finally, abnormal wear on
tooth surfaces from chronic clenching or grinding of teeth,
nail biting and chewing on hard objects can lead to sensitive
If you're already suffering from overly sensitive teeth,
there are products that can help. Toothpaste designed for those
with sensitive teeth can reduce the pain associated with the
condition after only a few days of use. Also, be sure to stick
with a soft-bristled toothbrush - hard toothbrushes will only
exacerbate the problem. Brush and floss daily to maintain
healthy gums and protect dentin from exposure.
Your continued good health is always our primary concern, so
please contact my office at (212)988-8822 or email
us at info@DrSimonRosenberg.com if
you're suffering from hypersensitive teeth, another dental
ailment, or are just due for your regular check-up. We'll take
great care of you!