Sensitive Teeth

Do you have sensitive teeth?

Do you feel a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot? Does the thought of biting into an ice cream or a hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and can be caused by a variety of factors. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so that the source of the problem can be identified and managed.

Dentine Hypersensitivity is a common cause of sensitive teeth

Dental erosion (the loss of tooth enamel) and/or receding gums can cause sensitivity. This sensitivity is often referred to as dentine hypersensitivity.

Enamel is the hard outer coating of a tooth that protects the sensitive dentine underneath. If enamel is worn away or the gums recede, then the dentine becomes exposed. This often leads to pain and sensitivity. This can be worsened by contact with extreme temperatures (such as hot drinks or cold food). Erosion can be caused by:

  • Your diet (frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid food or drink).

  • Tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard).

  • Grinding your teeth.

  • Certain medical conditions.

  • Eating disorders.

For top tips on protecting your tooth enamel and for treatment of tooth sensitivity, come to the practice for a check-up and we will create an individualised care plan for you.

Benefits of preventing tooth sensitivity

  • Being able to consume hot and cold drinks and food.

  • A pain-free mouth.

  • Reduced risk of further tooth wear.

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