Do you avoid eating ice-cream or drinking that cool drinks due to your sensitive teeth? Does it send a sharp jolt of pain causing you to cringe?
Sensitive teeth is a common problem experienced by many. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Tooth abrasion or erosion
Using a hard brush or brushing too vigorously can cause your gums to recede and expose sensitive areas. In more severe cases, tooth structure can be worn away and these abrasion areas may need fillings by your dentist. It is then important that your dentist assesses the way you brush, and may make recommendations for change.
High levels of acid in your diet can also contribute to acid erosion of your teeth, giving rise to sensitivity. Fruit juices, particularly lemon, and fizzy beverages contain acid. Constant exposure can erode your enamel in the long-term, so it is important to be mindful of your the acidity in your diet.
- Defective fillings or cracked teeth
If your fillings are defective they may cause leakage of fluid, irritating the tooth nerve, causing sensitivity. If your dentist assesses that this is the case, you may need some fillings replaced.
Over time, biting stress can cause fractures in teeth, particularly if you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth. Cracked teeth can be sensitive, and need to be assessed by your dentist as to the best treatment.
What can I do for relief?
You can use a sensitive toothpaste. Common brands are Sensodyne and Colgate Pro-relief. Using these to brush can alleviate some of the symptoms temporarily. If symptoms persist it is best to seek a professional opinion from your dentist.