Do You Have Sensitive Teeth? We Can Help
Tooth sensitivity can be quite unpleasant. It can cause shooting pains in your teeth after eating or drinking something hot or cold and the pain can affect more than one tooth. If you find ice cream is making you wince with pain then a visit to your dentist in Southend could be in order. It is important to find out why your teeth are sensitive and to get the correct treatment.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of different problems. It might be that you are brushing your teeth too hard and are wearing away your tooth enamel. This could be the case if you use a very hard bristled toothbrush or simply the habit of brushing your teeth with a lot of force. You do not need to use a hard bristled brush as instead a soft to medium bristled brush will do a very good job at keeping your teeth clean.
If tooth enamel is worn away then it exposes the dentine underneath and this is far softer and it contains lots of tiny tubules that lead directly to the pulp in the centre of your tooth. These tubules allow the sensation of hot or cold to be transmitted through them, affecting the pulp which contains the nerves to the tooth and is why tooth sensitivity can be painful. Enamel erosion can also be caused by having a diet that is high in sugary or acidic foods or it can be caused by tooth grinding or bruxism, a condition that can wear down teeth and which can cause significant damage. Even just having a tiny crack in your tooth can be enough to cause sensitivity as the crack will open up whenever you bite down.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
When you come in to see our dentist in Southend, a quick examination will be all that is needed to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity. We can then recommend the most suitable course of treatment. If it has been caused by enamel erosion or decay then we may recommend mending the tooth or bonding it with composite resin to help cover up the damaged areas. If the issue is due to tooth grinding, a custom-made mouthguard is a quick and easy way to prevent your teeth from contacting during sleep, which is when this habit normally occurs.
Another solution is to think about using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. This contains special ingredients that will gradually block up the tubules leading directly to the pulp, reducing tooth sensitivity. You do need to use these types of toothpaste for several weeks for the full effects to build up and afterwards you will need to continue using them to maintain these results. This type of toothpaste can be extremely effective but you should only try it after visiting our dentist in Southend, as a proper diagnosis for tooth sensitivity is vital for the overall health of your teeth.
If you are fed up with feeling pain whenever you eat your favourite hot or cold foods, then why not give Southend Dental Care a call today to book an appointment. You can call us on 01702 465000.