Many children and adults suffer from tooth sensitivity. This condition, which can be very uncomfortable, typically occurs when the underlying layer of your teeth (the dentin) becomes exposed. (This can be caused by a number of factors, noted below.) Once this happens, the microscopic tubules in the dentin that lead to the nerve of the tooth become exposed, which can cause pain when you bite into foods that are hot, cold, sweet, or acidic.
Some of the factors that may lead to tooth sensitivity include:
While there is no distinct "cure" for tooth sensitivity, desensitizing toothpastes can typically provide some relief.
What else can you do?
Want to know more? Read this article from the American Dental Association.
Or read this related study from the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Did you know that good dental health is even more important during pregnancy?
Increases in the hormone Progesterone during pregnancy causes an exaggerated response to the plaque that’s already in your mouth. This can lead to "pregnancy gingivitis." If left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, which is is a problem for both the expectant mother and potentially the baby, as well. (According to the Journal of the American Dental Association [JADA], "most of the clinical studies indicate a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm birth.") In addition, JADA notes "the possibility that maternal periodontal infections also may have adverse long-term effects on the infant’s development."
And if the expectant mother has a history of periodontal disease, she is at higher risk of having dental problems during pregnancy.
So what can be done to prevent this? Here are some tips:
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