Do you feel a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot? Does the thought of biting into ice cream or a cold hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and can be caused by several things. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so the source of the problem can be identified and treated. Your local dentists in Twickenham are here to help.
Causes a sensitive teeth
The part of the tooth we can see as a layer of enamel that protect the softer dentine underneath. If the dentine is exposed, a tooth can become sensitive. This usually happens where the tooth and the gum meet and the enamel is much thinner.
Erosion can be caused by your diet (frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid food or drink), tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard), tooth grinding, certain medical conditions and eating disorders.
Sensitive teeth cure
Treatments and cures for sensitive teeth depend upon the cause. If your teeth have suffered from erosion due to one of the causes listed above then the first thing to do is to stop the initial cause, either by modifying the way you brush your teeth or what you eat.
Following this sensitive teeth treatment at the dentist can involve covering any exposed areas of dentine with a composite filling, this can provide a hard outer layer to the dentine preventing the sensitivity. You can also use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth at home.
Best toothpaste for sensitive teeth
There are many sensitive toothpastes available on the market, one most commonly recommended by dentists is Sensodyne.
Sensitive teeth after whitening
Sensitivity after teeth whitening can be quite common, with home teeth whitening if the sensitivity becomes too great you can cut back on the amount of whitening you do each day. You will normally find that once the whitening has stopped that the sensitivity will reduce quite quickly, typically within one day.