Summer and sorbets are around the corner and if you are one the 40% of Americans between ages of 20 and 50 suffering from tooth sensitivity, read on!

First the basics...
Tooth sensitivity refers to an irritation in one or more teeth and usually starts with biting in ice cream, drinking ice coffee, or chewing on candy such as jelly beans. With time, sensitivity could even trigger from breathing in cold air. The discomfort can be sharp, sudden and reach deep down into the nerve endings of your teeth. The condition varies from a mild twinge to a severe pain.

...Why do teeth hurt?
Here are some common reasons

  • Abrasion:Vigorous brushing

  • Erosion:Dental exposure to acid through diet or acid reflux

  • Grinding and Clenching

  • Fractured Teeth

  • Plaque Buildup:Combination of bacteria and food particles

  • Dental treatment:Cleaning andwhitening may leave your teeth temporarily sensitive

  • Gum recession:When gums recede, the dentin is exposed so teeth become vulnerable to sensitivity

What to do?

1. Maintain good daily hygiene to rule out plaque build up.
2. We recommend electric brushes, which will reduce the tension caused by abrasion.
3. Stay away from acidic foods.
4. Wear a night guard if grinding.

Beyond the sudden sensation,sensitivity that lingers on could be a warning sign of more severe dental conditions, such as a cavity or dental infection. Be sure to take note of that lingering sensitivity and schedule an appointment to address the issue as soon as you can.

As an aspiring dental student at BrilliantSmile®, I have seen severe conditions that could have been avoided if preventive measures were taken. Dental prevention matters so it's best to address lingering sensitivity before root canal and periodontal issues arise.