Laurie DeRosa RDH
Integrative Health Blog
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 beverages, hot foods, or breathing in and out. Pain is sharp and short, and lasting irrespective of the stimulus. Women may be affected more than men. 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 predisposing factor to tooth sensitivity.