Sensitive teeth getting you down?
Do you suffer from chronically sensitive teeth?
Many people avoid eating or drinking their favourite hot and cold foods and drinks because their teeth are so sensitive. Thankfully, there IS something you can do about it!
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by an array of issues, including tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages (think lemon water, sparkling water, fizzy drink), tooth decay or broken teeth, gum recession, grinding your teeth at night, and worn tooth enamel due to brushing aggressively.
Most commonly patients that suffer from sensitive teeth usually have gum recession. Recession is when the gums creep higher and expose the root of the tooth. The roots of our teeth are very sensitive to temperature when they’re not covered by the gums. They can easily be worn down by toothbrush bristles or even the acid in our daily foods and drinks leaving notches or grooves. Reasons that recession can occur include-brushing too hard, plaque buildup, bone loss and clenching/grinding
Solutions for sensitive teeth
Some treatments for sensitive teeth include:
- Sensodyne toothpaste is a great option, and should be used every day to see results. This toothpaste includes fluoride, provides long-lasting sensitivity protection and relief.
- Tooth mousse is another great desensitising product that is only available for purchase through dentists.
- Consider small white fillings to cover the notched out area on the root (called buccal fillings).
- Gum grafting to restore the tissue loss.
Book in with one of the friendly team at Wanaka Dental to discuss which treatment is best suited for you.
Posted: Mon 26 Jun 2017