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.