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Redheads are more sensitive to tooth pain.

Posted Aug 04 2009 7:38pm

images[3] Redheads may be hotheads, but we get colder quicker, bruise more easily, and feel more pain, including sensitivity to tooth pain, teeth cleaning, and periodontal surgery.

1.  A study by researchers at the University of Louisville found that redheads require 20% more anesthesia than dark-haired women. The studies were done on women only whose menstrual cycles were in sync because hormone increases can play a role in susceptibility to anesthesia.

2.  Another study found that redheads are more than twice as likely as women with other hair colors to fear and avoid the dentist.  Aaaak!

3.  A 2004 study showed that redheaded men and women alike require more anesthesia than their counterparts. Studies show evidence that pain pathways differ between men and women. This explains a lot. If you’re a redhead, too, remind your dentist or periodontist that you’re more susceptible to pain and less susceptible to anesthesia. During my most recent periodontal surgery, I had to request more Novocaine.

Redheads are stereotyped as hot-headed, tempestuous, dramatic, and high-strung. Do you think genetic sensitivity to pain affects temperament?

What I know for sure is that it’s all connected.

Saundra Goodman
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