Dr. Christopher Lillo: Study Indicates Widespread Teeth Sensitivity

Dentist Christopher Lillo earned his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he established the Orthodontic Society, a philanthropic organization to serve financially disadvantaged children in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Lillo treats patients at Oak Ridge Dental Group in Toms River, New Jersey.

According to a survey of dental offices in the United States published by the Journal of the American Dental Association in its March 2013 issue, one out of every eight individuals experiences discomfort when eating or drinking something too hot or too cold. This phenomenon, called teeth sensitivity, appeared most commonly in younger people, women, patients with receding gums, and individuals who used at-home teeth whitening products.

Dr. Joana Cunha-Cruz, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor at the University of Washington, hypothesizes that sensitivity may explain why some people avoid certain foods. Interestingly, the condition often comes and goes, appearing one week and disappearing the next.

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