If the mere thought of biting in to an ice-cream has you grimacing – you’re probably dealing with Tooth Sensitivity – a condition that can literally take all the fun out of eating and have you bracing for the next jolt of pain.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Sensitive Teeth are just no fun – reacting to cold temperatures, hot temperatures, pressure and sugars. There’s no wonder some patients stick to a bland diet in an attempt to control any form of stimuli that might cause a reaction from teeth. But do you really want to go through life not enjoying your favorite dessert or drinking your coffee lukewarm just to prevent a toothache? Tooth Sensitivity is a common condition that can impact patients of all ages but is seen more frequently in the over forty crowd. As we age our teeth naturally become more sensitive due to exposed root surfaces, eroded enamel and old dentistry that might not be providing adequate thermal protection. And though we can’t stop the aging process and the impact it has on our teeth – we can deal with tooth sensitivity so that it doesn’t control what we eat or drink.
High Sugar Diet and Sensitive Teeth
Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental explain that sugar is a major trigger for tooth sensitivity and that having a sweet-tooth comes with an increased risk for dental decay, gum inflammation and tooth sensitivity. Sugars in our diet are what oral bacteria feed’s on and in the process releases toxins. It’s the toxins that create gum inflammation, erode tooth enamel and create general ill-health in the mouth. The more sugars we consume in the form of drinks, treats and simple carbohydrate meals the more bacterial activity, toxin release and acid production – all of which add up to increased tooth sensitivity.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
The good news is that there are treatments available to help combat tooth sensitivity and can be as simple as de-sensitizing agents being applied after a routine cleaning. Other solutions may involve using toothpaste that has ingredients to help combat sensitivity – which when used on a regular basis have been shown to diminish symptoms. Old dentistry that no longer fits well can be replaced with modern materials that have better thermal protection – making teeth stronger and more resistant to temperature changes.