Ever wondered why your teeth are so sensitive?
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental issues individuals face in the UK, with 1 in 3 people reporting tooth sensitivity. With millions facing this issue, it creates discomfort in daily activities such as eating and drinking. Sensitive teeth are typically a result of worn-out tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots when there is nerve exposure, leading to sensitivity. Within this blog, we will explain the causes of tooth sensitivity and the solutions and treatments available to help you understand your dental issues more thoroughly and reclaim the joy of your daily habits.
How does tooth sensitivity happen?
From dental conditions to everyday habits, the causes of tooth sensitivity can be varied, including:
- Gum recession – the exposed root, which lacks enamel covering, can make the tooth more susceptible to sensitivity
- Dental decay – cavities close to the nerve of the tooth can cause sensitivity
- Cracked teeth – cracks or fractures can allow food or drinks to reach the nerve
- Dental procedures – fillings, crown placements, or teeth whitening
- Teeth grinding – the tooth’s enamel can be worn down, leading to sensitivity
- Brushing too hard – excessive force can wear down enamel and contribute to sensitivity
- Acidic foods and drinks – frequent consumption can erode enamel over time, leading to an increase in sensitivity
Solutions for tooth sensitivity:
Tooth sensitivity may have temporarily taken the pleasure out of daily indulgences, but there are a variety of ways this can be treated or avoided:
- Desensitising toothpaste – these specially formulated types of toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help block pain signals from reaching the nerves
- Using a soft toothbrush – a soft-bristle toothbrush, and gentle brushing techniques can prevent enamel erosion
- Fluoride mouthwash – fluoride can help strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity
- Avoid sugary, fizzy, and acidic foods and drinks – limiting consumption of these products can help to protect the tooth’s enamel
- Night guard – help protect your enamel if you grind your teeth
- Maintaining good oral hygiene – flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash can prevent gum recession and dental issues that contribute to sensitivity
- Regular check-ups – your dentist is able to monitor your teeth’s condition to help guide you with preventative measures or treatments for sensitive teeth
Furthermore, tooth sensitivity doesn’t have to stand in your way of enjoying your favourite foods or drinks, and by understanding the causes of sensitive teeth, you can create preventative measures and look after your oral health. Don’t forget, that a little care can go a long way towards preserving your smile. If you or someone you know is experiencing issues with sensitive teeth, contact us for an evaluation and guidance on available treatments.
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