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Do you feel a shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot? Does the thought of biting into ice cream or a cold hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth can be a burden for many people and can be caused by several things. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so the source of the problem can be identified and treated.
One cause of sensitivity is dental erosion, which is the loss of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard outer coating of a tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. If the enamel is worn away or eroded, this dentine is exposed which can lead to pain and sensitivity, which can be worsened with extreme temperatures.
Erosion can be caused by your diet (frequent consumption of high sugar or high acid food or drink), tooth brushing habits (brushing too hard), tooth grinding, certain medical conditions and eating disorders. For top tips on protecting your enamel and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity come to the practice for a check-up, where we can create an individualised care plan for you.
At some point in life, most people will experience sensitive teeth which can range from a mild twinge to severe discomfort. Sensitivity can last for a very short period of time or over a more prolonged period of time. Sensitivity seems to be more common in people aged between 20 and 40, although it can affect people in their early teens and when they are over 70. Women also, are more likely to be affected than men.
Some causes of teeth sensitivity are as follows:
You are more likely to feel the sensitivity when eating or drinking something cold, from cold air catching your teeth, and sometimes with hot foods or drinks. Some people experience sensitivity when they have sweet or acidic food and drinks. The pain can come and go, with some times being worse than others and if this is the case we advise you to contact us and make an appointment to see either one of our hygienists or dental surgeons
In order for us at Dental fx to understand what is causing your sensitivity we will carry out a thorough examination and chat to you about your symptoms. There are various methods which can be used to treat the affected teeth such as applying special ‘de-sensitising' products to help relieve the symptoms. Fluoride gels, rinses or varnishes can be applied to sensitive teeth. These can be painted onto the teeth at regular appointments one or two weeks apart, and this helps to build up some protection. Sensitivity can take some time to settle, and you may need to have several appointments.
If you are experiencing sensitivity either short term or long term, please do give us a call on 0141 931 5533 and we will book you in for the earliest convenient appointment.