Do you avoid enjoying an ice-cream treat or a refreshing cold drink in fear of dreaded tooth pain? If so, you are not the only one! Tooth sensitivity can be painful and frustrating. Understanding the cause of tooth sensitivity, how to prevent it and how to treat it will help you enjoy a pain free smile!
What is tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is very common, and it can start at any time, effecting people of all ages. Many people experience tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking something cold to enjoying a hot meal or drink. Some people also experience tooth sensitivity when snacking on sweet or acidic food and beverages or when brushing their teeth. When sensitivity occurs, people experience a sharp temporary pain in their teeth that can feel very uncomfortable.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Most people experience sensitive teeth as a result of worn tooth enamel or if the root of the tooth has become exposed. Common causes of enamel erosion are high acid diets and brushing to hard, to over brushing and tooth grinding.
Other causes for sensitive teeth include:
• Receding gums or gum disease.
• Damaged teeth (cracked or chipped teeth).
• Tooth bleaching can cause tooth sensitivity for a short period of time after treatment.
How to prevent tooth sensitivity:
• Daily brushing – Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride tooth paste.
• Make sure you floss – Floss once a day to reduce the amount of plaque on the gum line and between teeth that was not removed by brushing.
• Low acid diet – Consume less sugary and acidic foods and beverages.
• Regular trips to the Dentist – If you have good oral health we suggest visiting the dentist every 12-24 months. Patients with more dental problems should have check-ups more regularly.
How to treat sensitive teeth?
If you are already experiencing tooth sensitivity there are toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth which should help ease the pain. It is important to keep brushing your teeth regularly, even if experiencing sensitivity when doing so. If you don’t see any improvement after 2-3 weeks of treating sensitive teeth we advise you visit your dentist.
Visit Bosham Clinic Dental today!
If tooth sensitivity is causing you discomfort and worry, our dentists can identify the cause of your dental pain, provide you with professional advice on how to care for your teeth and recommend the best treatment options. Book an appointment today firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01243 778888.