What causes sensitive teeth, and how can I treat them?
When you have sensitive teeth, certain activities, such as brushing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease.
If you're bothered by sensitive teeth, visit your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain.
3 Main Causes of Tooth sensitivity
• Acid Erosion – consumption of too much acid which are found in fizzy drinks and citrus fruits.
• Gum Disease – which can cause the gums to recede and expose the sensitive root surface
• Toothbrush abrasion – by brushing too vigorously, from side to side or brushing up and down
How Can I prevent sensitive teeth?
Where possible review your diet and cut down on the amount of acidic in your food and drink intake.
Your dental or hygienist can demonstrate tooth brushing techniques that will not damage the enamel. Brush your teeth twice a day in circular motion with a soft or medium bristle brush using fluoride toothpaste. Use a fluoride mouthwash. It is important that you change your toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles have become worn. Also regular visits to your dentist can prevent tooth sensitivity.
Caring for sensitive teeth
Replace your normal toothpaste with sensitive toothpaste which you can also rub onto the affected area. It can take a few days or even a few weeks for this to take effect. It is important that you keep brushing your teeth twice a day in order not to make the problem worse. Don’t brush straight after eating acidic foods as this can soften the enamel.
If you have been suffering from sensitive teeth for a few weeks then make an appointment to see your dentist or hygienist for advice.
You do not have to suffer with tooth sensitivity. Simply book an appointment on 020 8368 1782