Are Sensitive Teeth Causing You Pain?

The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic in Wootton Bassett, Swindon can help.

Sensitive teeth are a very common problem for many people and can make eating and drinking a painful experience. Whether it causes the occasional twinge or much more intense pain, sensitivity may be a result of diet, poor dental care or could be a warning sign for more serious dental problems.

Desensitising toothpastes can help to ease the pain but it is important to understand why the sensitivity is occurring and look for more natural solutions.

Here at your local dentist near Swindon, we understand that tooth sensitivity can affect anyone and we aim not only to provide treatment for current pain but also promote a healthy oral hygiene routine to prevent sensitivity from occurring in the first place.

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective layer of enamel gets thinner and exposes the dentin underneath. This often happens at the gum line where the enamel is thinner and results in a reduction of protection for the tooth and root. Although some studies have suggested that it affects women more than men, and occurs more commonly in people between the ages of 20 and 40, here at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic we have found that it can affect anybody and have treated people of all ages.

So if sensitivity is caused by the thinning of enamel, what causes it to wear away? There are many causes but the main ones are:

  • Brushing incorrectly or too vigorously
  • Consuming too many acidic foods and drinks
  • Age
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay, worn fillings and broken teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Post dental treatment sensitivity

So what can we do about it?

Treating sensitive teeth depends very much on the cause of the sensitivity. It could be as simple as avoiding very hot or ice cold drinks, reducing intake of sugary or acidic foods, changing to a softer toothbrush or wearing a mouth guard at night. It’s also extremely important to brush your teeth twice a day and use floss to ensure that plaque at the gum line is kept to a minimum. It’s also recommended that people avoid brushing their teeth straight after eating or drinking anything acidic, as acid softens the enamel and brushing too quickly can trigger sensitivity (some dental practitioners advise having a glass of milk or a piece of cheese to neutralise the acid).

Whatever the cause of your sensitivity, it’s vital that you speak to your dentist at the first sign of pain to ensure the cause isn’t a more serious, underlying dental health problem.

If you are suffering from sensitive teeth why not arrange a check up with the friendly team at The Cottage Dental and Implant Clinic? Let us find out what’s causing your sensitivity and discuss the ways in which it can be reduced or even removed.

Please call our clinic on 01793 855335 for more information or to book an appointment with one of our experienced local dental professionals. Don’t let the pain of sensitive teeth affect your life, contact us today!