If you ever sometimes feel pain in teeth when eating or drinking something hot or cold, you’re not alone. A new survey in the U.S. found that one in eight people have more sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth often occur in young people, women, and people who have gum problems or undergoing teeth whitening.
Sensitive Teeth Tend to Be Experienced by Women and People Who Have White Teeth
“These conditions have an impact on their lives, and they tend to avoid some foods,” said Dr. Joanna Cunha-Cruz, an assistant professor in the study.
Cold, hot, sweet, and sour food and drinks often trigger pain or soreness. But it is only temporary, not all the time. Sensitive teeth lasting only a few days and will return to normal afterward. Sensitive teeth often occur when the enamel (outer layer of the teeth) thinning.
The study involved 37 general dental practices place in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. A total of 787 adults were surveyed. The results are published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, March edition. The dentists in this study asked patients whether they had just bothered by an uncomfortable feeling in their teeth or gums such as pain or soreness. Then the dentist examines the patient to ensure their pain is not due to other problems such as cavities or gum swelling. About 12 percent of patients experiencing pain or teeth sensitivity is not associated with other problems, and thus they were diagnosed as having sensitive teeth.
Previous research has reported that 1 to 52 percent of patients in the general dental practice have sensitive teeth. The percentage difference could be due to differences in how the participants in this study screened. Some investigators question them directly about sensitive teeth, while others asked about specific causation like to drink cold water.
“It is not easy to generalize this, but there is a possibility of people who visit the dentist, 1 of 8 of them have teeth that are sensitive,” said Cunha-Cruz.
An average of nearly 82 percent of study participants, predominantly those who have white teeth, but there is still the possibility of sensitive teeth experienced by other groups.
A dental expert who was not involved in the study, Dr. Richard Trushkowsky, said, “tooth sensitivity is universal, but some people can experience it depends on the food they consume, such as highly acidic foods or alcoholic beverages.”
The researchers found that adults between 18 and 44 years were 3.5 times more likely to have sensitive teeth than older adults. This is probably because the material inside the tooth called dentin will become thicker over time, protect the teeth better. Based on these studies, women tend to be 1.8 times more likely than men to experience sensitive teeth.
Simple Tips for Taking Care of Sensitive Teeth
To avoid a toothache caused by a particular food or drink, you drink water immediately after eating or drinking acidic fruits like oranges. In addition, brush your teeth using a special toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.