The sharp pain after biting into a sugary treat often leaves people wondering: Are my teeth sensitive to sugar? Let’s have a look at what tooth sensitivity is and some of its symptoms:
Tooth sensitivity is a simple term for dentine hypersensitivity. When the dentine on the root of a tooth becomes exposed, it has lost its protective gingival or cementum coating. Unprotected dentine may allow food, plaque and acids to irritate the nerves deep in your tooth. This usually results in tooth pain.
If foods and drinks that are sweet, acidic, hot or cold cause discomfort upon contact, you might have sensitive teeth. Another symptom is the same feeling resulting from breathing in very cold air, and it can come and go. Unfortunately, it's quite common. A large proportion of the population has experienced tooth sensitivity pain at one time or another.
Remedies for Sensitive Teeth
If you suspect your teeth are sensitive to sugar, there are steps you can take to provide relief. First and foremost, practice good oral hygiene. Use a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth, such as Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™.
Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ sensitive toothpaste works by plugging the channels that lead to the tooth nerves. Brush after meals including while you are at work by keeping a brush and toothpaste in your desk drawer. Consider using your travel kit for this purpose.
If you have sensitive teeth, consult with your dental professional so that they can help you identify the cause and advise you on how best to deal with the problem.