General Dentistry

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth are a hugely common problem. Do you find yourself leaving your morning coffee to cool before you take a sip, knowing otherwise you’ll get a shooting pain in your teeth? Have you been put off eating ice cream because the pain in your teeth outweighs the pleasure of a treat? Tooth sensitivity affects many people and has many causes. Whatever the cause, it can make your life miserable.

sensitive teethThere are hundreds of products out there that are advertised as “cures” for sensitive teeth. However, these cures usually treat the symptoms rather than the cause. A toothpaste for sensitive teeth may help, but switch back to another kind of toothpaste and you may well find your sensitivity returns.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth it is vital that you consult a dental professional, who can work with you to identify the real cause of the problem, and can then treat it appropriately.

Dental erosion is one of the most common causes of sensitive teeth. This occurs when the tooth enamel – the hard outer coating of our teeth – is lost, exposing the much more sensitive dentine underneath. A diet rich in sugars or highly acidic food and drinks can lead to enamel erosion, while brushing your teeth too hard also wears away the enamel.

Our hygienist can provide you with dietary advice, including how certain foods and drinks affect the teeth, and can also show you the best ways to brush your teeth to get rid of plaque but not damage the enamel.

Other causes of enamel erosion include night-time tooth grinding and certain medical conditions, such as eating disorders.

Our dental team will carefully examine your teeth and will provide you with tips on how to protect your enamel and protect sensitive teeth. We will also create a bespoke care plan for you, so that you can eliminate the problem of sensitive teeth once and for all.