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Your Guide to Tooth Sensitivity: Causes & Treatment

September 12, 2020

Can’t enjoy your favourite ice-cream? Can’t snack on your favourite sweets? These are signs that you may suffer from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a very common issue among adults and kids alike. It is triggered when you have hot, cold, or even sweet foods and beverages.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

There are multiple causes of tooth sensitivity, most of which are easily fixable and are not signs of any major issues. Others you may have to see your dentist for:

  • Brushing too hard: Placing a lot of pressure on the gums when brushing can wear the soft tissue down. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush can also weaken enamel. This causes deterioration, making dentin more exposed.
  • Gum recession: Gums are what cover teeth roots. Near these roots is where a tooth’s nerves lie and where your teeth are most vulnerable. Gums may recede due to gum disease, hard brushing, or tooth clenching and grinding.
  • Gingivitis: An early form of gum disease, gingivitis creates inflammation which can cause teeth’s nerves to become more reactive to temperatures and substances.
  • Teeth grinding: In addition to weakening the gums, grinding and clenching can also degrade enamel, making dentin more sensitive.
  • Tooth damage: A dental exam should be conducted to check for cracked, chipped or fractured teeth.
  • Acidity: Some foods are highly acidic which can cause enamel to erode. Energy drinks are a good example. Moreover, some mouthwash products also contain alcohol that can be acidic.
  • Dental procedures: Some treatments, including teeth whitening, can cause sensitivity as a result. In the case of dental-related sensitivity, symptoms usually go away on their own in the first couple of weeks.

Is Having Sensitive Teeth Bad?

Importantly, having sensitive teeth does not always mean that there is a big dental issue. However, a Smiles Unlimited examination can diagnose the problem. This way we can treat or make recommendations to resolve your discomfort.

Sensitive Teeth Treatment

Sensitive teeth will be fixed according to what causes the pain. Some patients can find a remedy at home. This includes using desensitising toothpaste, a soft toothbrush, a different brushing technique or mouthwash. Furthermore, avoiding acidic drinks and foods is important.

Dentists may suggest a few proven treatments for tooth sensitivity. Common treatment options include:

  • Fluoride treatment
  • Dental sealants for exposed tooth roots
  • Tooth bonding
  • A dental inlay or crown
  • Periodontal treatment to correct receding gums
  • Root canal treatment to eliminate infection and pain inside of a tooth
  • Mouthguard for night-time bruxism (people who clench or grind their teeth)

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 GREGORY HILLS 02 7200 7333

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