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What Is Tooth Sensitivity And Why Do I Have It?

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth, mainly between the ages of 20 and 40, but this can begin at any time. It can leave the individual with the sensation of a mild twinge to severe discomfort within the mouth that can be present for up to several hours.

 

What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

This occurs when the enamel gets thinner or when gum recession occurs around the base of the tooth, exposing the underlying surface of dentin. When this is exposed, the protection provided by the enamel and gums to the tooth and root is no-longer present.

 

What Are The Causes?

There are several causes behind tooth sensitivity:

  • Worn enamel – caused by using a hard toothbrush or brushing aggressively
  • Tooth erosion – caused by acidic food and drink
  • Tooth decay – caused by worn/ leaking fillings or a broken tooth
  • Gum recession – often caused by poor oral hygiene, can also be inherited.
  • Grinding teeth
  • Temporary sensitivity after dental treatment (this will disappear after a short period of time)

 

If you begin to get sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist and they will try and find the root of the problem. Once they have discovered the cause they will treat the underlying cause and give you suggestions on how to manage the sensitivity.

 

Ways To Help Manage Tooth Sensitivity:

  • We could provide a fluoride gel to strengthen the tooth enamel and reduce the pain.
  • There are over-the-counter desensitising toothpastes that block-off the exposed nerve endings in the dentin of the tooth.
  • Keeping a good oral hygiene routine is always the best prevention and management of tooth sensitivity.

 

Ways You Can Prevent Tooth Sensitivity:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Use sensitive toothpaste
  • Brush and floss twice a day
  • Clean the whole mouth, even between teeth, gums and tongue
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks

If you are experiencing any pain or sensitivity in your teeth, it is always important to visit your dentist and voice your concerns.

If you would like some advice or would like to book an appointment, please contact Shifnal Dental Care on 01952 460119 or fill out our enquiry form. Our treatment coordinator Katherine would be happy to speak to with you.

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June 05 2020 Update – Reopening Soon!

We are excited to be preparing for our return to the practice as soon as possible after the 8th June.  We know it is important to keep our patients as informed as possible and we wanted to let you know there will be some slight changes in your visits during the next few months.

Shifnal Dental Care has always adhered to the rigorous cross infection procedures set out by the governing bodies and all of our team members are highly trained in all aspects of cross infection control.  However, there are some additional Covid-19 procedures to follow and one of these is the social distancing rules that we have all become used to over the last couple of months.

You will receive information  before your appointment, this may be via email or via the post or a telephone conversation this will include some details you will need to complete before attending.  This will help us to continue to keep our patients and teams safe.

Things to know about your next appointment:

  • Before leaving home please remember to brush your teeth, use the toilet and wash your hands for 20 seconds before leaving.
  • Please bring the minimal number of belongings with you.
  • Please phone us once you have arrived in the carpark.
  • Please wait in your car or by the door and we will call you in as soon as possible.
  • Please attend unaccompanied unless you require a carer or parent.
  • On entry into the practice – we will have a welcome point and a member of our team will take your temperature, ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • In the surgery , we will be wearing full PPE- please do not be worried it is still us!
  • Before you leave the surgery we will ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • When you leave the surgery we will begin the disinfection and sterilisation process of the surgery.
  • Payments and future bookings will be organised at reception keeping within the social distancing rules.
  • On leaving the premises we will ask you to sanitise your hands and we will look forward to seeing you again!

We hope you understand that this is for everyone’s safety and we would appreciate your patience and cooperation as we negotiate these difficult times.