Dental hypersensitivity or tooth sensitivity is characterized and defined as pain or discomfort of teeth to a stimulus, good contact, temperature change or the chemical nature of the substance we are eating. The discomfort lasts a certain time and then disappears until the next stimulus to awaken the pain.
Sensitivity affects 1 in 7 people, mainly affects women. The pain usually occurs in everyday and depending on the season situations, cases tend to increase in autumn and winter.
The causes of this hypersensitivity are, above all, by the loss of enamel or cementum covering the root causes dentin is exposed. But what causes this erosion.
Causes of dental hypersensitivity
Erosion can occur for various reasons, some of the best known are:
• The consumption of acidic beverages such as wine or carbonated water or contact with corrosive substances such as swimmers when in contact with chlorinated water.
• Regular consumption of foods containing acids and acidic fruits, vinegar snacks, candy ...
• prolonged treatments with some medications such as acetylsalicylic acid, vitamin C, etc.
• improper brushing. It may be that the brushing is too strong, it is done too often or brush is hard this causes increased wear on the enamel. Here you have a post of frequent mistakes when brushing our teeth.
• Bruxism. If your teeth squeak when you sleep or squeeze greatly teeth during the day or night are wearing the enamel.
• Gingivitis is gum disease, that is, when the gum tissue becomes inflamed, leading tooth sensitivity because the dentin is exposed.
• People suffering from hiatal hernia with regurgitation or vomiting.
Lowering diet tooth sensitivity
If we modify some products from our diet we will see how to decrease dental hypersensitivity. Some tips that we offer:
• Limit consumption of foods and beverages that erodes your enamel.
• Increase consumption of foods rich in oxalate, such as spinach or bananas.
• Incorporates dairy products in your diet high in calcium such as milk or cheese.
• Avoid extremes of very cold or very hot liquids.
• Avoid foods high in sugar.