Tooth sensitivity is not particular to one age group although it does affect about 40 million members of the US adult population. That statistic makes sense when you consider that the principal cause of the sensitivity is the deterioration of the tooth ‘s enamel covering. Tooth enamel is known to be the hardest substance found in the human body. The dentin which is the layer just beneath the enamel however, is much softer and much more susceptible to sensations like cold air, hot or cold liquids or sugary sweet foods or drinks.
Although anyone is vulnerable there are some habits that may encourage tooth sensitivity. The acid that is the product of a combination of some of the foods and drinks that we put into our mouths and the harmful oral bacteria that thrives there is what eats away at our tooth enamel. Citrus fruits, carbonated soda and juices are particularly conducive to the deterioration of tooth enamel. Changes in diet can help to minimize the damage.
Bruxism is the term used to describe the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth together. It is easily undetected since it often occurs while you are sleeping and unaware of the action. If the “bruxing” goes on for too long it will eventually wear down the enamel and leave the dentin more exposed to the elements that prompt the pain of sensitivity.
Ask for additional information on how to prevent the onset of tooth sensitivity at your next appoint with Crescent Dental Cary. Call today @ 919-674-6070.