Sensitive teeth are incredibly common – found to affect over 50% of people – but for some alleviating the pain it causes and preventing the issue from becoming worse over time is still a challenge. Sensitivity becomes an issue when it stops us from enjoying certain foods and drinks or adversely affects our daily lives. Fortunately there are options both for self-treatment and professional support that can be highly effective – in addition to multiple ways you can prevent the onset of sensitivity or stop it getting worse over time.
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem
Around one in seven people will experience tooth sensitivity in their lifetimes. Although it tends to affect older people more than younger people and children, it can be an issue for anyone depending on the cause and the health of their teeth. So if you’re experiencing sensitivity, you’re not alone – which is a good thing because a variety of treatments have been developed to help treat this common problem.
Why are my teeth sensitive?
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the harder outer layer of the teeth, the enamel, starts to wear down, exposing the root and nerves within the teeth to temperatures such as hot and cold, and physical sensations such as brushing, grinding or chewing. The nerves then respond much more quickly to these stimuli than normal. Sensitivity usually presents as a short, sharp pain, often ‘shooting’ upwards into the gums.
How can I treat sensitive teeth?
First, use a desensitising toothpaste – these have been shown to block pain caused be sensitivity with regular use. Invest in soft-bristled toothbrush, and avoid scrubbing harshly at the teeth. If you are drinking a cold drink, use a straw to bypass your teeth, and cut up hard foods such as apples and ice to avoid triggering sensitivity when eating and drinking.
When should I see a dentist?
If the pain caused by sensitive teeth is severely affecting you on a regular basis, especially if it stops you from brushing or flossing effectively, it’s time to speak to our dentists here at The Eram Clinic.
There are a variety of ways we can help to treat sensitivity, including fluoride treatment, bonding desensitisation and root canal replacement. It’s important to speak to us as early as you can, to minimise the need for greater intervention.
Sensitivity is more common as we get older, because our enamel naturally wears down over time. For the elderly and those over 50 regular check-ups are key to keep on top of the onset of sensitive teeth.
How can I stop my teeth getting sensitive?
If you’re concerned that you’re experiencing a little sensitivity and want to prevent it from becoming a bigger problem in the future, there are preventative measures you can take. You may want to avoid certain foods and drinks which wear tooth enamel down – or rinse thoroughly with water after consuming them to minimise the damage.
Stress is also a cause of sensitivity which many people are not aware of. Grinding your teeth (Bruxism) or clenching your jaw can physically wear down the enamel more quickly over time, exposing teeth to sensitivity.
Speak to us today about a tailored treatment for sensitive teeth.