Tips to help with your sensitive teeth
Having sensitive teeth can be very uncomfortable every time you eat something cold, hot or sweet, but there is no need to put up with it. At KF Dental in Leith Edinburgh our dentists understand how your teeth sensitivity can affect your routine and keeps you from enjoying your favourite food and drinks. But what are the causes of sensitive teeth and what are the available treatments?
What Causes sensitive teeth?
- Frequently Consuming Aciding Foods: Acidic foods and drinks can damage the enamel of your teeth. Losing the protective hard layer of your teeth means that the dentine is exposed leaving your teeth nerves exposed.
- Teeth Grinding: Modern lifestyle, stress and genetics are blamed for teeth grinding during the night. It is not uncommon that many patients are not even aware they grind their teeth until their dentist notices tooth wear. The increased forces of grinding action wear out the enamel and the dentine of the tooth exposing the small canals that lead to the pulp. If left undiagnosed, the tooth surface loss can be so severe that the actual pulp can be exposed and a root canal treatment might be necessary.
- Crowns and fillings deterioration: Old restorations can break at the margins leaving the tooth exposed and vulnerable to bacteria and tooth decay
- Tooth decay: Tooth decay between your teeth or between your old fillings and teeth can only be diagnosed with routine xrays that are taken during your routine check ups.
- Dental Treatment: Large fillings and crowns that are close to your nerve might take a while to settle and in some cases further treatment might be necessary to ease the symptoms.
- Gum disease: Bone loss and gum recession due to gum disease can leave your roots exposed. Bacteria of the infected gums can also cause root caries and nerve exposure increasing your sensitivity.
- Aggressive Brushing: Excessive force while brushing your teeth or a hard toothbrush can wear the enamel making your teeth more sensitive
- Oral Hygiene Products: Some whitening toothpastes can be abrasive causing tooth surface loss while alcohol mouthwashes can increase the sensitivity.
Sensitive Teeth Treatment
- Good Oral Hygiene and Healthy Diet: Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and reducing the sugar in your diet are the two most important factors in preventing tooth decay.
- Frequent check ups: It is important to see your dentist frequently and have a thorough examination and xrays if necessary. Any filling deterioration or hidden decay is diagnosed and treated early reducing the risk of pain or more complex treatments.
- Teeth Grinding: A mouth guard that you can wear during the night protects the teeth from the grinding movements of the jaw. Different mouth guards are available and your dentist will be able to recommend which one would be suitable.
- Gum Disease and root recession: Your dentist will be able to diagnose if you suffer from gum disease The latest techniques in gum disease treatment such as dental laser and Perio Flow have improved dramatically the success rate and our periodontist would be able to answer your questions if you are worried you suffer from gum disease.
- Aggressive Brushing: Gentle movements with a medium toothbrush can remove the plaque without damaging your teeth. If you have any questions regarding your brushing technique, please ask our team.
- Acidic foods and drinks: Acidic foods especially fruits such us kiwi, grapefruit, lemon or apple juice although an important part of a healthy diet can remove your enamel. Avoid brushing your teeth for at least thirty minutes after you consume acidic foods. Brushing too soon after eating them can cause further damage of the enamel in its weakened state.
- Use only approved products for your oral hygiene: Avoid whitening products that are not approved and alcohol mouthwashes. High Fluoride toothpastes and fluoride mouthwashes can be prescribed by your dentist to reduce the sensitivity. There are several toothpastes that contain ‘desensitising agents’ to help reduce the pain of sensitive teeth. Avoid rinsing your mouth after you brush your teeth while rubbing your toothpaste on the affected area can ease the discomfort.
See more about dental services in Leith Endiburgh:
- Mouth Cancer
- Which toothpaste shall I use?
- Root Canal Treatment (RCT)
- Gum disease: All you need to know about
- 3D Technology and Dental Implants