As evidence of the growing number of sensitive toothpastes on your drugstore shelves, it is fair to say that a large percentage of the population deals with sensitive teeth (also called dentine hypersensitivity). We often have patients reporting pain and discomfort when enjoying (or trying to enjoy) hot or cold beverages.
According to the Dental Tribune, a new US survey suggests that dentine hypersensitivity is actually most common among young women (under age 65). If you are experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth, see your dentist to learn about ways to cope with the discomfort.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
- brushing too hard
- gum recession or gum disease (gingivitis)
- tooth whitening products
- teeth grinding
- acidic foods or mouthwashes
Solutions for Sensitive Teeth
- switch to a sensitive toothpaste (like Sensodyne)
- make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- avoid teeth grinding, or request a mouth guard from your dentist
- brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly
- void acidic foods and beverages when possible