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Is The Crisp Autumn Air Hurting Your Teeth?

With the onset of autumn you may have found yourself turning to your trusty fur lined boots and your warm woollen mittens. But besides your hands and your feet, should you really be feeling pain in your teeth? Some of you may be experiencing a shock of pain as you inhale the crisp cold air and you might also experience a jolt of pain when you sip a warming drink of hot chocolate. Sensitive teeth tend to be affected by extremities of temperature which is why it’s often more noticeable in the chilly autumn and winter months. Any dentist in Southend will tell you that tooth sensitivity is a common problem but that’s still no reason to ignore it.

Cry for help

teeth whitening in SouthendSensitive teeth could be a direct result of your mouth signalling that it needs help. Often the solution is quite simple, but as with all dental problems, early diagnosis and treatment is important if you want to prevent more complicated dental procedures and additional costs further down the line.

Who suffers from sensitive teeth

Strangely enough more women than men suffer from sensitive teeth and it’s a problem which can start at any time. Usually it’s more apparent in people between the age of 20-40 but it can just as easily affect someone in their teens or someone over the age of 70.

Causes of sensitive teeth

Teeth can become sensitive for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Brushing too hard can wear away the tooth enamel, particularly where the tooth meets the gum, and this can cause the dentine within the tooth to become sensitive.
  • A tooth with a crack that runs from the biting surface of the tooth down towards the tooth root can also be affected by temperature changes, to cause sensitivity and discomfort.
  • Gums can recede naturally exposing the tooth roots, and since there is no enamel to protect their surface, then they will feel sensitive to temperature.
  • Tooth grinding or bruxism, can wear away at the tooth enamel causing sensitivity.
  • Gum disease caused by a build up of plaque can cause the gums to recede and may even destroy the bone which supports the teeth. Pockets then form in the gaps around the teeth which serves to exacerbate the problem and makes it difficult to clean the teeth.

We can help you find a solution

Often a patient can help themselves by changing to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and by avoiding drinks which are overly hot or cold, or foods such as ice cream which can bring on sensitivity. If you find cold water from the tap when you’re brushing your teeth hurts, then switch to warm water. It’s important to keep brushing your teeth on a regular basis or the matter will only get worse.

If the sensitivity still isn’t alleviated then we recommend that you visit your dentist in Southend. He or she can take a look at your teeth to determine what is causing the problem. They can use special de-sensitising products which are painted onto the teeth, or in severe cases you may need root canal treatment. It does take several weeks for sensitive teeth to settle down, so be patient and expect to visit your dentist for several visits to solve the issue.

If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth then come and speak with us. You can make an appointment with Southend Dental Care by calling 01702 465000 or book online at www.southenddentalcare.co.uk. We’re a private and NHS dentist in Southend committed to providing top quality dental care for all the family.

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