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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