Having sensitive teeth can be very uncomfortable and painful, especially while consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. At Meadowbank Dental, we understand how sensitive teeth can keep you from enjoying your favourite food and drinks, and we are here to help you treat them. Our helpful and experienced dentists will identify the source of the problem and recommend the best treatment.
What causes sensitive teeth?
There are several possible causes of tooth sensitivity. Most often, tooth sensitivity is a result of the erosion of the tooth enamel. As we age, tooth enamel, which is the coating that protects the tooth, tends to wear off and become thinner. As a result, the dentin, the middle part of the tooth, is exposed, leading to sensitivity. Enamel erosion can be caused by aggressive brushing, tooth grinding as well as acidic foods and beverages. It can also be the result of receding gums. When gums recede, the tooth roots and the multitude of nerves inside the roots, become exposed and this can cause increased sensitivity and pain.
Treating sensitive teeth
Common signs and symptoms of sensitive teeth include pain and discomfort when consuming hot or cold food and beverages as well as sharp pain when breathing in cold air. Your dentist will determine what causes the sensitivity in the first place and determine the most appropriate solution based on your individual needs.
Patients with sensitive teeth are advised to stop consuming highly acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruit, wine and tomato sauce among others. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is also recommended for a more pleasant brushing experience. Patients with sensitive teeth can benefit from special brushing techniques such as brushing their teeth using small, gentle circles, applying the least pressure possible on their teeth and gums. If you grind your teeth systematically, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard. In any case, regular visits to the dentist are also important as they will provide a better chance to treat your sensitive teeth effectively.
If you’re tired of your sensitive teeth keeping you from enjoying your favourite foods, or you think you are experiencing an oral health problem, we welcome you to call our dental practice at Edinburgh.