Tooth sensitivity is short sharp pain arising from exposed root in response to brushing, dietary acids or change in temperature.
Exposed root surfaces occur in both healthy and unhealthy mouths. If you have an overenthusiastic brushing style it is possible to push the gums away from the teeth and expose the root surface. On the other hand, not brushing your gums well and leaving bacteria behind may lead to gum disease which can cause the gums to recede.
The first line of treatment for sensitive teeth is using a desensitizing toothpaste (Examples are Sensodyne® and Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief™, though there are others) or desensitizing products such as Tooth Mousse® at home as part of your daily routine. If those options aren't offering any relief we can offer other procedures in- chair.
It is important to brush twice a day with a soft brush making sure the gum margin is thoroughly cleaned but avoiding over vigorous brushing.
Reducing the frequency of acidic foods and drinks can also help. Using a straw when consuming acidic drinks also helps move the acid away from the teeth.
Rinsing your mouth with water and waiting 30 minutes following eating and drinking can also help sensitivity.
Some acidic food which can increase tooth sensitivity include
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Apple cidar vinegar
- Carbonated drinks
- Sports and energy drinks
If you have any other questions please ask at your next appointment.
Over the weekend our Dental Hygienist Nicole attended a continuing education course in Townsville, one of the lectures was presented by a representative from GC Tooth Mousse and Tooth Mousse Plus (The plus has added flouride). She learnt some valuable information, which has been passed onto the team to assist in treating and advising our patients here at Courtney Dental.
At Courtney dental we try to work hard so we can play hard. Well mostly we work hard, when we aren’t in the kitchen eating. Our wonderful Lian recently won a trip to Paris and dragged her long suffering husband along with her for a whirlwind trip lasting 10 nights, just long enough to realise that driving in a different country is enough to lead to divorce. Whilst they have returned safely (And still happily married) they had to face the music to their children, because they went to Disneyland without them and had a fabulous time. They also attended a cooking class, learning to cook duck and apple tarte tartin. We are still waiting for her to continue her practice and bring us some snacks. We missed Lian whilst she was away, Krista was very grateful when she returned to have her sidekick back.
If your a regular patient and come to visit us often you may wonder why we ask you to update your medical information every 6 months. we know this process is tedious, so lets explain why we do this. Dentists have an obligation to keep and update dental records in accordance with the guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia. We cannot release any diagnosis or office visit information without your consent.
Your health conditions can change at any time, you may change type or dosage of medication or stop taking some medication completely. You may have an operation, significant illness, or accident. Things change, which is why we require the medical information to be updated every 6 months to keep our records up to date and the dentist aware of your specific medical situation.
We have news! We love being part of the community and helping local families improve their oral health. It is important to share the message that staying active, eating a healthy balanced diet and taking care of your oral health can have such a positive impact on your life.