How hypersensitivity can impact on your holiday
Disconnecting from the world and routine is usually one of the main reasons why we plan vacations. Even more if we can do it in autumn and winter in destinations that offer warm temperatures on those dates, avoiding the typical August masses.
In Tenerife, for example, the weather in autumn and winter is usually very similar to that of any summer in northern Europe. However, the pleasure of a vacation is also accom-panied by changes in our routines and we set aside healthy habits. Especially in food: we are more permissive with what we eat and drink and we do not realise that we eat more aggressive products for our teeth. If we also suffer from dental hypersensitivity, we go from having a quiet and relaxed vacation, to suffering from dental discomfort, some-thing that can completely frustrate the experience.
Statistics indicate that between 20 or 35% of the population suffers from dental hypersensitivity. This presents itself as acute pain caused by dentin exposure after contact with apparently harmless external stimuli. Hot or cold substances, sweet foods, as well as acids are those elements that set off alarms when you notice great discomfort after your intake.
This ailment, which has a series of repercussions in our day to day life, and more if we are on vacation, forces us to stop consuming what we really want in order to avoid pain. It also directly influences our oral hygiene because of the pain caused by brushing. We reduce its frequency and therefore it favours the appearance of other conditions.
To solve this problem, it is essential to have proper oral hygiene with specific products. Artedental, a clinic located in Puerto de la Cruz, in Tenerife, receives many British and German patients who decide to spend the cold periods of northern Europe on the island. Their team recommends the use of appropriate tooth-brushes for this circumstance, with filaments ultra soft for delicate cleaning. A good brushing technique also helps to have optimal hygiene. Another important element is the use of non-abrasive toothpaste or gel and the use of mouth-washes with specific active ingredients for tooth sensitivity.
But what happens if these measures do not give results? There are treatments in the clinic that are applied when hypersensitivity persists despite having used products to combat it. One of them is the application of desensitising gels, the application of adhesive resins for sealing the dentinal tubules (ducts through which the nerve fibers of the tooth travel) or grafts to cover the recessions of the gum (in some cases, the gum is retracted, exposing the root of the tooth and areas that were previously hidden under the tissue).
In the event that these circumstances arise, Artedental has special attention for those people who are passing through and who need to perform any of these treatments that help reduce hypersensitivity. It is very important to determine the cause and be diagnosed by a specialist to reduce discomfort as soon as possible and choose the right treatment for each case.