Do you feel a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot? Does the thought of biting into an ice cream or a cold, hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and is caused by a variety of factors. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so that the source of the problem can be identified and treated. There are several causes of sensitivity:
- The most common cause of sensitive teeth is gum disease. Most adults have some degree of gum disease. Usually it progresses slowly and can be stopped from getting worse. Our hygienists are expert at removing plaque and tartar, which cause gum disease, from your teeth. They are also expert at giving you oral hygiene advice to keep these at bay
- Dental erosion, or the loss of tooth enamel, can also cause sensitivity. Enamel is the hard outer coating of a tooth that protects the sensitive dentine underneath. If enamel is worn away or eroded, dentine is exposed. This can lead to pain and sensitivity, which is made worse by extreme temperatures
- Erosion can be caused by your diet (frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid foods or drinks), tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard), grinding your teeth, certain medical conditions and eating disorders
For helpful tips on protecting your enamel, and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity, see a dentist at Ramani dental studio for an oral health assessment. We will create an individualised care plan for you.
- Being able to consume hot and cold drinks and food
- Pain-free mouth
- Reduced risk of further tooth wear