People of all ages can have sensitive teeth. It ranges from being mildly discomforting and annoying through to outright painful. It is usually triggered by eating or drinking something hot or cold, brushing or flossing your teeth or even breathing in very cold air. It is not uncommon for some sufferers to experience stress and anxiety about dental appointments because of their sensitive teeth.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on your teeth wears down. This can be due to a number of factors, including:
- Brushing your teeth too hard and/or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Highly acidic food or beverages like citrus food and drinks, wine, sports or carbonated drinks which can all erode the outer layer of tooth enamel
- Tooth decay, worn fillings, cavities or broken teeth which expose the dentin of your tooth
- Gum disease and receding gums which expose the root surface
- Tooth wear caused by habitually grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism)
- Tooth whitening products which contain hydrogen peroxide or abrasive bleaching agents, which are often found in over-the-counter whitening products
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity we recommend seeing your dentist in the first instance. They will assess the health of your teeth and gums and diagnose any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Your dentist will be able to recommend which tooth brush and products you should use to prevent exacerbating your sensitivity. This could be a soft-bristled toothbrush, an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor, or even a product like tooth mousse that is formulated to help restore and re-mineralise teeth enamel.
If your teeth are showing signs of substantial wear from bruxism, your dentist can develop a custom-made nightguard to wear at night to protect your teeth from wearing down further. Nightguards, also known as splints, are thinner and more comfortable than sports guards and most people get used to sleeping in them fairly quickly.
Check your diet and cut back on foods and beverages which may be contributing, especially those that are sugary and acidic. This will be great for the health of your teeth and gums too.
Please contact us if sensitive teeth are an issue for you. We can conduct an assessment and provide a range of treatment options to meet your needs.