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Tips For People With Sensitive Teeth

Fixing Sensitive TeethTooth sensitivity affects many people and it’s often triggered by certain types of food and drink. In a healthy mouth, the dentine, the underlying layer that the surrounds a tooth’s nerve, is protected not only by your gums but by the hard enamel of your tooth’s crown. Over time, the enamel of your tooth’s crown can become thinner and thinner, thus providing the dentine with less protection from the elements. Your gums can also recede (move away from your teeth) over time, exposing the sensitive dentine.

The dentine comprises a large number of pores that run from the outside of your tooth to its delicate nerve in the very center. When the dentine loses its protection, these pores become highly sensitive to changes in the acidity, sweetness and temperature of the foods you consume.

The dentine can become exposed for a number of reasons. The natural aging process and improper tooth brushing can result in receding gums and hence, exposure of the dentine. Gum disease, which can cause your gums to recede, and chipped or broken teeth can also cause the dentine to become exposed.

Cleaning your teeth with a harsh toothpaste or heavy hand, brushing more than three times daily and drinking a significant amount of acidic drinks can contribute to the thinning of the tough enamel that protects the dentine. Bulimia and acid reflux can also contribute to sensitivity due to the high levels of damaging acid present in your mouth. Certain types of dental treatments can also cause you to suffer from painful teeth, including professional tooth whitening, fillings, professional dental cleanings and having braces put onto your teeth.

If you’re experiencing dental sensitivity, it’s essential to work with us to uncover its cause. If your sensitivity is caused by exposed dentine, we recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush, brushing correctly to avoid thinning your tooth enamel and using a toothpaste that’s been specifically designed to reduce your dental sensitivity.

Since tooth sensitivity is commonly triggered by certain foods and drinks, we’d recommend that you avoid these triggers where possible. If breathing in cold air makes your teeth feel painful, it’s essential to wrap up warm when venturing outdoors. A diet low in acidic foods may also aid in preventing further sensitivity, as can following a good oral hygiene regime consisting of regular brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Ignoring tooth pain and sensitivity can potentially lead to more severe oral health problems, especially if pain prevents you from brushing your teeth properly each and every day. It’s therefore imperative to let us know about your sensitive teeth so that we can thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and help you to embark on the best course of dental treatment for your individual needs.