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I have sensitive teeth – what should I do?

April 29 2021

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth and it can start at any time. It’s generally more common in people aged between 20 and 40, although it can affect anyone. Surprisingly, Women are more likely to be affected than men (sorry ladies!). Often, people with sensitive teeth suffer from painful sensations when they eat, drink, or even brush their teeth. Here, we look at what causes sensitivity and how you can overcome it.

What causes sensitive teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is pain or discomfort in the teeth as a response to things such as hot or cold temperatures. Sometimes, it can be temporary but, in some cases, it can be a longer-term problem. There can be several different causes, but most cases of sensitive teeth are easily treated. In some cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by a break down of tooth enamel which exposes the soft dentine underneath. Believe it or not, brushing too hard (or side to side) can wear away tooth enamel. Another cause can be teeth whitening, especially at-home kits. Here, the strength of the formula can be unknown, and the correct precautions might not have been taken. This can lead to heightened sensitivity in the affected teeth. There are also causes such as plaque or tartar that can lead to receding gums, making brushing more difficult.

How do I treat sensitive teeth?

There are often obvious things that can cause the teeth to become sensitive such as extreme hot or cold food or drink. And, for some, sugar or acidic food and drink can have an instant effect on their teeth. So, what are the best cures, and can you do anything at home to help? The answer is yes!

  • Brush regularly – this might seem obvious but keeping to twice a day is important
  • Limit sugary/acidic food and drink
  • Use sensitive fluoride toothpaste, you can also rub this into your gums of super sensitive teeth
  • Change your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if it becomes worn
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups

If you’rere suffering from sensitive teeth and would like to be seen by a reputable dentist contact Newmarket Road Dental Practice today.

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