The majority of people who suffer from some form of tooth hypersensitivity have what is known as “gum recession.” When your gum tissue retracts or pulls back, it exposes the roots of your teeth. And since these roots don’t have enamel (the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth), they’re much more prone to being sensitive.
Several things can cause gum recession, including:
- Brushing your teeth too hard
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Use of tobacco products
- Wearing ill-fitting dental appliances
- Causes of sensitivity
- There are many potential causes of increased sensitivity, including:
-Aging: As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which can lead to dryness, thinning, and increased sensitivity.
-Certain medical conditions: Conditions like psoriasis, eczema, diabetes, and thyroid disorders can all cause increased skin sensitivity.
-Certain medications: Some medications, such as topical retinoids and certain antibiotics, can cause increased sensitivity.
-Exposure to environmental triggers: Cold weather, wind, sun, hot water, and chlorine can all cause increased skin sensitivity.
How to cope with sensitivity
Sensitivity can be defined as a heightened sense of awareness. Sensitive people are often more in tune with their surroundings and those around them. They might pick up on subtleties others miss and be more affected by strong emotions. While sensitivity can be a strength, it can also be a challenge.
Several things can trigger a migraine, from strong smells to particular foods. Education is key to managing migraines, and it’s important to avoid triggers where possible.
Some migraine sufferers find that strong smells are a trigger. If this is the case, try to avoid places where there are strong odors, such as cooking areas or areas where people are smoking.
Certain foods can also trigger migraines in some people. Common triggers include aged cheeses, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, and alcohol. If you think a particular food is triggering your migraines, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Stress is another common trigger for migraines. If you’re prone to migraines, try to manage stress with relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation.
Use soothing products
You may find that ordinary skin care products cause redness, burning, itching, or flaking if you have sensitive skin. To help prevent these problems, choose products labeled “hypoallergenic,” “for sensitive skin,” or “fragrance-free.” You might also try soothing products such as aloe vera, chamomile, green tea extract, lavender oil, and colloidal oatmeal.
When you start using a new product, test it on a small area of your skin first to ensure you don’t react. Apply the product to the inside of your elbow or behind your ear. If you experience redness, itching, or burning within 24 hours, wash the area with cool water and stop using the product.
Take care of your gut
An imbalance in the gut often causes sensitivity. To restore balance, it is essential to remove any food that is causing inflammation and introduce foods that are anti-inflammatory and help to heal the gut. This may require working with a nutritionist or dietitian to determine which foods trigger your symptoms and devise an individualized plan. Some general tips include:
-Eliminating inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, corn, alcohol, and caffeine
-Introducing anti-inflammatory foods such as bone broth, fermented foods, probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and herbs like turmeric and ginger
-Taking a high-quality probiotic supplement
When to see a doctor
If a person has sudden or severe tooth sensitivity, they should see a dentist as soon as possible. They may have an infection or other dental problems.
If a person experiences tooth sensitivity that does not go away after a couple of days, they should see a dentist. However, if the pain is accompanied by swelling, fever, or bleeding, they should see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. These could be signs of a more serious infection.
When dealing with sensitivity, taking things slow and steady is the best approach. Introduce new products and ingredients gradually so that your skin has time to adjust. And be sure to pay attention to your skin’s response — if you see any redness, irritation, or other signs of discomfort, discontinue use immediately.
Of course, everyone’s skin is different, so there’s no hard and fast rule regarding product introduction. But generally, it’s best to start with gentle cleansers and moisturizers, then gradually introduce more potent products like serums and exfoliants. By taking things slow, you’ll minimize the risk of irritation and maximize your chances of finding the perfect sensitivity-friendly skincare routine.