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Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth are a common problem that can make sufferers’ lives a nightmare. When your teeth are sensitive to extremes of hot and cold, treats such as a cooling ice cream on a hot summer’s day or a fresh, crunchy apple straight from the fridge may be off the menu. You may find yourself leaving your morning coffee to go lukewarm before you can drink it, wincing at the thought of ice in your cocktail coming into contact with your teeth. . .

sensitive teethThe good news is that if you suffer from sensitive teeth, your dentist will be able to help. While sensitive toothpastes work temporarily, many people find that when they stop using them their sensitivity returns.

You should always seek advice from a dental professional, because sensitive teeth have many causes. Your dentist will be able to identify the source of the problem and recommend appropriate treatment to get rid of sensitivity for good.

One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is enamel erosion, also called dental erosion. Our teeth are coated by very strong enamel, which protects the more sensitive dentine underneath. Enamel may be worn away by dietary factors – consuming too much acidic or sugary food and drink – or by brushing your teeth too hard. Eating disorders and bruxism (tooth grinding) can also lead to enamel erosion.

Other common causes of sensitive teeth include gum disease, which can lead to gum recession, exposing the more sensitive roots of the teeth. Pockets may form in the gums around the tooth, making it more difficult to keep the area clean and thus further exacerbating the problem.

Cracked teeth and broken fillings can also lead to sensitive teeth, as cracks can run all the way from the tooth surface down to the sensitive root.

Using second-rate tooth whitening products bought from the internet or from beauty salons can also increase your chances of developing sensitive teeth. If you have teeth whitening from a dental professional, the products will be safe and in some cases will have added ingredients to help prevent sensitivity from developing.