A Dentist’s Guide to Managing Sensitive Teeth

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If you’ve ever winced from the sharp pain that comes with eating something hot, cold, sweet, or sour, you’re likely among the many who suffer from sensitive teeth. At our dental practice, we understand how this common dental issue can impact your daily life. This guide aims to shed light on the causes of tooth sensitivity and provides practical solutions to manage it effectively.

Understanding Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth – the dentin – becomes exposed due to receding gum tissue or enamel wear. This exposes the nerve endings to external stimuli, resulting in discomfort or pain.

Common Causes

1. Brushing Too Hard: Harsh brushing can wear down enamel.

2. Dietary Habits: Frequent consumption of acidic foods and beverages can erode enamel.

3. Gum Disease: Inflamed and sore gum tissue can lead to sensitivity.

4. Teeth Grinding: This habit can wear down enamel over time.

5. Tooth Decay Near the Gum Line: This can also expose dentin.

Managing and Preventing Sensitive Teeth

1. Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Switch to a soft-bristled brush and use gentle motions to protect your enamel and gums.

2. Select a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: These toothpastes contain compounds that help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve.

3. Watch Your Diet: Reduce the intake of acidic foods and drinks. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming such items to neutralise the acids.

4. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing and flossing help prevent conditions that contribute to sensitivity.

5. Consider a Mouth Guard: If you grind your teeth, your dentist might recommend a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

6. Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. They can identify and treat any contributing factors early on.

Professional Treatments by your Dentist

For severe cases, your Pinner dentist might suggest:

– Fluoride Gel or Varnish: Applied in-office, this strengthens enamel and reduces pain.

Dental Bonding: Applied to exposed root surfaces for protection.

– Surgical Gum Graft: If gum tissue has eroded from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.

Root Canal Treatment: If sensitivity is severe and persistent, a root canal may be recommended to eliminate the problem.

Sensitive teeth can be more than just a minor inconvenience; they can significantly impact your quality of life. By understanding the causes and following these management strategies, you can reduce or even eliminate tooth sensitivity. Remember, your dentist is your partner in oral health, so don’t hesitate to reach out for advice and treatment options tailored to your specific needs. 

Regular visits to Dental House Pinner and adopting the right oral care practices can help you say goodbye to tooth sensitivity and hello to a more comfortable, pain-free life.

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