Tooth sensitivity can occur when consuming cold, hot, sweet or acidic foods or drinks or even when breathing in cold air. It can vary in frequency and the level of discomfort experienced.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
- Worn tooth enamel caused by using a hard toothbrush or incorrect technique which means brushing aggressively. Only SOFT toothbrushes are recommended with a gentle brushing action. Medium and hard toothbrushes are to clean your bathroom grout!!
- Tooth erosion due to highly acidic drinks and foods, stomach reflux or excessive vomiting can cause damage to the tooth enamel
- Tooth decay, chipped, cracked or broken teeth which can cause the pulp or “nerve” of the tooth to become sensitive
- Gum disease or recession which exposes the root surfaces
- Bruxism – grinding or clenching teeth
- Following dental treatment – teeth may be sensitive. This can be common and is usually temporary
What can you do to avoid sensitive teeth?
- Brush and floss regularly with a soft brush using a gentle action.
- Use a tooth-paste specifically for sensitive teeth.
- Avoid brushing for at least 60 minutes after eating or drinking something acidic.
- Have a conversation with your dentist. Advise them of your symptoms, the frequency and if anything makes it better or worse. Your dentist can investigate and treat the underlying cause. A professional diagnosis is important.