Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects 25% of the adult population.
It is a strong dental pain that appears after contact with an external stimulus (hot or cold drinks and/or acid foodstuffs)
Patients with bruxism, users of braces or elderly people with high consumption of drugs have an increased risk of suffering this problem.
It is noteworthy that in recent years has increased its incidence, especially among young people, due to new consumption habits (abuse of energy drinks, soft drinks, etc..).
It is very important to treat excessive tooth sensitivity (or dental hypersensitivity). Therefore, you should go to the dentist in order to rule out other diseases and perform a proper treatment.
Habits and care to consider
Here are some basic tips to maintain proper oral hygiene and adapted to patients suffering from tooth sensitivity:
1) Follow a balanced diet, rich in fruits and low sugary foods, such as candy, soft drinks, juices with added sugars …
2) Use brushes and dental accessories (dental floss, dental tape or interdental brushes) to achieve a thorough cleaning.
3) Use mouthwashes and toothpastes specially formulated with desensitizing agents, high concentrations of fluoride and low abrasiveness.
Currently, potassium nitrate is the most commonly used desensitizing agent. This ingredient acts directly on nerve endings in exposed dentinal tubules, thereby reducing the transmission of painful stimuli.
Furthermore, fluoride at high concentrations strengthens the structure of tooth enamel and exposed dentin layers, hence helping to control the discomfort of hypersensitive teeth.
Finally, the abrasiveness of toothpastes is measured by a parameter called RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasivity) whose value depends mainly on the type and amount of silica containing.
The higher the RDA index, the more abrasive the toothpaste is. Therefore, for patients suffering hypersensitivity it is recommended to use toothpastes with low abrasiveness (RDA below 70), in order to reduce the erosive effect on tooth enamel.
Laboratorios Kin has developed SensiKIN, a range of specific products that contributes to oral hygiene optimal whilst relieves symptoms of hypersensitivity.
Undoubtedly, an excellent ally in cases of tooth sensitivity.
Suggested reading about tooth sensitivity:
Li or HC, et al. (1998) Prevalence and distribution of cervical dentine hypersensitivity in a population in Taipei, Taiwan.J Endod; 24: 45- 7.
Lindhe et al. (1999) Consensus Report– Chronic Periodontitis – Annal of Periodontology – AAP – Chicago v.4, n.1, p.38 (Dec.)
Rees JS, et al. (2003) The prevalence of dentine hypersensitivity in a hospital clinic population in Hong Kong.J Dent; 31: 453-61.
Aguiar et al. (2005) Hipersensibilidade dentine– causes and tratamento. Rev Inst Ciênc Saúde jan-mar; 23 (1): 67-71
Maria C Brunetti; Marilene Fernandes I; Rodrigo GB Moraes FUNDAMENTALS DA Periodontia – Theory and Prática – 1st ed. 2007
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