Very often people experience pain or a tingling sensation while drinking hot beverages. This is because of a condition known as sensitivity of tooth towards heat. The inner nerves of the teeth are protected by a hardened structure known as enamel. In case, this hardened mass gets weakened due to some reason, the inner nerves of the teeth become exposed resulting in sensitivity towards heat. The sensitiveness may be localised in a single tooth or may occur in all teeth. There are several factors that turn tooth sensitive to heat.
According to Dr Gaurangi, Consultant Periodontist, “Extreme temperature changes within the exposed dental nerves cause quick inflow and outflow of the fluids producing the tingling sensation in the teeth. Toothpastes in such cases cannot be of much help. Maintaining dental health is essential to protect the tooth enamel from wearing off, preventing sensitivity of tooth towards heat and increasing its longevity.”
The reasons for the tooth sensitive to heat may be varied some of which are described below:
Proper dental care and check-ups can prevent weakening of the enamel; the prime cause for the sensitivity of teeth. Using the right kind of toothbrush and toothpaste and maintaining absolute oral hygiene will keep in keeping your tooth enamel intact.
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