9th February 2021 | Super Administrator
Suffering from sensitive teeth can be draining. You are constantly worrying about the food and drink that may trigger the sensitivity, and you may have even ditched some of your favourite treats. Tooth sensitivity can be painful, as well as uncomfortable.
The role of dentin
Receding gums cause dentin exposure, and this is the most common cause of sensitivity. Dentin contains tubules, which are small structures that transmit pressure and temperature change to the nerves, which then trigger pain. Gum tissue and enamel usually cover the dentin and form a barrier that stops it being over-stimulated.
Gum disease and aggressively over-brushing your teeth are both causes of receding gums, therefore exposing parts of dentin. This means that hot and cold food and drink may cause painful reactions.
Tips for avoiding sensitivity
Here are a few ways in which you can reduce tooth sensitivity.
Teeth brushing habits - Brushing your teeth too often or too aggressively can damage the enamel and your gums. Brushing and flossing are done to remove bacterial plaque that builds on the surface of, and in between, your teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day is adequate if it is done correctly. Another thing to note is that you should not brush your teeth immediately after consuming anything acidic. This is to allow the saliva enough time to neutralize the acid.
Fluoride - Fluoride should be included in your dental care routine as it helps to strengthen enamel. Your dental care products, such as your toothpaste and mouth wash, should contain fluoride. A dentist can apply a fluoride varnish to your teeth if you are suffering from extreme tooth sensitivity. This will strengthen the enamel on your teeth as well as create protection for exposed dentin.
Treatment - Tooth sensitivity will often be the result of an underlying dental condition. This could be tooth decay or gum diseases. Treatment of dental illnesses varies. Possible treatments include:
- Plaque removal
- Gum surgery
- Tooth extraction
- Root canal therapy
All these procedures can help reduce tooth sensitivity pain. Any patient suffering from tooth sensitivity should try the above tips to reduce the problem. If the issue persists, then it is necessary to make an appointment with a dentist.
For information on the dental services that we offer at Sovereign House Dental Care, contact us on 01277 205605.