Integrative Health Blog

Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

Posted by on Mon, Apr 08, 2013

Laurie DeRosa RDH

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Tags: biological dentistry, dental health, sensitive teeth

A Holistic Dental Approach to Sensitive Teeth

Posted by on Tue, Feb 09, 2010

Teeth sensitivity or "dentinal hypersensitivity" is one of the most painful and chronic dental conditions with a prevalence of 4%-57% in general populations and an even higher prevalence in periodontal patients (60%-90%).

Patients usually complain of chronic or recurring pain upon drinking cold or hot beverages, hot foods, or breathing in and out. Pain is sharp and short, and lasting irrespective of the stimulus. Women may be affected by tooth sensitivity more than men, and we check for this issue as part of a holistic dental  exam. It can affect all teeth but canines and premolars are  reported to be affected the most often. Exposed root surfaces due to gum recession are a major factor for tooth sensitivity.

Dentin is one of the four major components of the teeth. It is the most abundant tissue that determines size and shape of the teeth.

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Tags: holistic dentistry, sensitive teeth