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Common Myths About Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Dr. VanBrunt
Image of a woman touching her cheek that could have oral cancer.This article might help you get relief from tooth sensitivity, which is a condition that is often misunderstood. Continue reading to learn the truth about dental sensitivity and debunk some common myths.

Debunking Myths Related To Tooth Sensitivity

The belief that biting into something cold or hot should harm one's teeth is widespread. Feeling pain or discomfort while consuming meals with extreme temperatures is not regular. In some instances, extreme sensitivity might indicate a health problem. Cavities, outdated dental fillings, and exposed tooth roots are potential reasons for hypersensitivity. Sensitivity to dentin is rather prevalent.

Another widely held false belief is that desensitizing toothpaste does not work to lessen tooth sensitivity. Ingredients like potassium nitrate and strontium chloride may be found in desensitizing toothpaste. These active substances block pain signals from the tooth's surface to the underlying nerves. It might take many toothpaste uses before you start to see results.

It is a prevalent misconception that sensitive teeth never need to be extracted. Tooth loss may precede sensitivity. Root exposure due to gum recession may result in widespread sensitivity in several teeth at once. Gum recession may cause teeth to fall out if left untreated for too long. Sensitivity may also be caused by decay in the teeth. If not treated, it may cause severe problems in the jaw and gums and even spread to other parts of the head and neck.

Another widespread misconception is that there is no treatment for tooth sensitivity. There are a variety of treatments available for sensitive teeth; the right one will depend on the underlying problem. Maintaining good dental hygiene is your most excellent defense against experiencing discomfort in your sensitive teeth.

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