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Coping with Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be quite unpleasant and may cause pain in one or more teeth. The most common time to experience tooth sensitivity is whenever you eat something very sour or sweet or which is hot or cold. Sometimes the sensation can be set off if you go out into cold weather and it can cause a pain that feels as if it is reaching deep into your teeth. So what are the reasons for tooth sensitivity?

Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

tooth sensitivityTooth sensitivity is caused when the dentine of a tooth is exposed as this contains tubules that lead directly to the nerves of the tooth in the pulp. Dentine is a softer layer of tooth material that lies just underneath the tooth enamel which will normally protect it. It can become exposed if teeth are decayed or chipped, or even if you have a crack that will open up as you bite down on a tooth. If your gums have receded then this may also expose your dentine as tooth roots are not protected by tooth enamel but instead are covered with a much softer material called cementum which is quickly worn away. The reasons for dentine becoming exposed can vary.

Tooth Sensitivity Causes

For example, some people will brush their teeth to hard which can wear down tooth enamel or which will erode away the gum tissue. Tooth decay can be a major problem as can gum disease which causes gums to recede. If you grind or clench your teeth then this can wear down your tooth enamel, exposing the dentine. Some people will have tooth sensitivity after using whitening products, especially if they choose to use over-the-counter products rather than visiting a dentist in South Benfleet to whiten safely. Age can also be a factor as people between the ages of 25 and 30 can find their teeth are more sensitive. If you eat a lot of very acidic or sweet foods, then your teeth may have become eroded due to a condition called acid erosion.

Reducing Tooth Sensitivity

Perhaps the first thing to do is to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity by booking a check-up with your dentist in South Benfleet. An examination will enable your dentist to see if you have any untreated dental problems that could be causing the sensitivity. It could be that mending any damaged or decayed teeth could be sufficient to remedy the problem. If you clench and grind then it’s important to take action to prevent any further damage to your teeth and you’ll find your dentist can fit you with a custom-made nightguard that prevents your teeth from contacting during the night as this habit tends to be nocturnal.

It can be helpful to make sure your oral hygiene is up to scratch and that you brush and floss regularly using the correct techniques and a soft bristled toothbrush that will not damage your teeth and gums. Choose toothpaste that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes work by blocking up the tubules in dentine which lead directly to the nerves of your tooth, reducing sensitivity. One thing to bear in mind is that you will need to allow several weeks for the full effect to build up and that you will need to continue to use this toothpaste to maintain the benefits.

There is no need to suffer with the pain of sensitive teeth so why not give South Benfleet Dental Care a ring to book a consultation? Phone us on 01268 793485.

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