Dental hypersensitivity What is it and how to alleviate it?

Hipersensibilidad dental que es

Dental hypersensitivity is a short, sharp pain. This occurs when the dentin comes into contact with an external stimulus.

It has happened to all of us at some point in our lives. Either by drinking something with a very cold or a very hot temperature, as well as eating something with a lot of sugar or brushing your teeth, among others.

Dental hypersensitivity | What is it, causes and how to alleviate it

Dentin Hypersensitivity (HD) or Dental Sensitivity is a very common ailment that appears when the dentin (internal part of the tooth) loses its natural protection. We speak, normally, of tooth enamel wear or gum recession.

In this way, these stimuli directly contact the thousands of microscopic tubes (dentin tubules) that our dentin contains to connect the outermost part of the tooth with our nerve endings.

The stimuli when talking about dental hypersensitivity can be of several types:

Thermal stimuli: very cold or very hot foods and drinks.
Chemical stimuli: highly sugary or highly acidic products.
Tactile stimuli: orthodontics, brushing, etc.

What causes dental hypersensitivity?

When we talk about causes of suffering from hypersensitivity in our teeth we must observe both oral hygiene habits and the lifestyle of each person who suffers from this ailment. The most common causes are:

Excess drinks or highly acidic foods. These can directly attack our teeth.

Side effects of dental treatments. Gingival recessions generally caused by:

Professional oral cleanings
Specific treatments
Orthodontics

Incorrect brushing. Excessive force or frequency or choosing the wrong toothpaste can damage our enamel.

Other pathologies.

Stomach diseases
Eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia …)

But in addition to the origin of dental hypersensitivity, we must know that with this ailment as a basis, we can suffer other more serious problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

How to fix dental hypersensitivity

In this sense, as a means and solution for dental hypersensitivity, it is important to visit a professional. We recommend you visit your dental clinic for a better diagnosis.

But also, it will be very important to take care of your hygiene, eating and lifestyle habits.

● Avoid drinking highly acidic or sugary drinks.
● Do not over-clench your teeth when chewing.
● Maintain proper oral hygiene with suitable products.
● A balanced diet.

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