Do you feel pain when you bite or drink something cold? This may be a sign of tooth sensitivity, but most people ignore the pain and think nothing of it because it subsides quickly.
Tooth sensitivity that comes and goes may mask the symptoms of bigger dental problems, such as tooth decay, infection, and periodontal disease.
Is it just pain or tooth decay or infection?
Sensitive teeth are a common symptom of tooth decay and infection. The bacteria that have entered a tooth from breaking down the surrounding enamel also affect nerves and vessels. This infection creates recurrent sensitivity and aches that is tolerable at first, and then becomes intolerable if left untreated.
Feeling pain when you take a hot or cold drink or whenever you eat sweets is not just a symptom of sensitive teeth. This is also an early sign of tooth decay or infection.
The causes and signs of tooth decay, infection, and sensitivity may vary, but taking care of your teeth help prevent these from getting worse.
Are you vulnerable to periodontal disease?
Tooth decay and infection lead to a severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This ailment is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Leaving it untreated will not only make you lose teeth, but also damages the gums and the bones that support a tooth. This bone loss affects your entire mouth and dental health.
Smokers and people who have an existing dental condition are vulnerable to periodontal disease. Your lifestyle and diet affects your oral health in many ways. Change the way you eat and quit smoking to avoid gum and tooth diseases.
Tooth sensitivity may not mean much initially, but thinking nothing of its effects may lead to severe dental problems. Consult with your dentist for regular checkups and maintenance, coupled with proper oral care to avoid potential problems that may arise from sensitive teeth.