What is it?
Do you ever experience a sharp, sudden, shooting pain right down to the nerve endings of your tooth when eating? If so, you are probably suffering from tooth sensitivity – one of the most widespread dental concerns.
What causes it?
Various causes can be to blame for teeth feeling sensitive to cold, hot or sweet foods, and even the passage of air. Sometimes a cavity can provoke the sensitivity, other times it may be the enamel has worn down and left nerves exposed. Other factors can come into play, such as the over consumption of food and drink with a high level of acid – citrus juices, fruit and soft drinks for example.
What treatments are available?
The first course of action should be switching to a densensitising toothpaste (ask us for a recommendation), and reducing your intake of citrus fruits, including in juices, and soft drinks. If using a hard-bristled toothbrush, stop, and find a softer one.
Brushing your teeth too hard can also increase sensitivity, by wearing the surface down. Examine your toothbrush carefully – if the bristles are pointing in different directions, you’re likely brushing too hard.
Suffering from high sensitivity for more than a few days is a sign you should seek a dental examination. Treatment options start from the application of sealants and other desensitizing & filling materials, including fluoride.
It is vital to have a professional evaluate the pain you are experiencing, as it may not be a symptom of sensitivity, but instead an abscess or cavity not yet visible.
(If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to make a booking with Beachside Dental Clinic today.)