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What Can You Do If You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem and can affect one or two teeth or most of your teeth. It’s often felt when eating something very hot or cold or sweet or sour. Sometimes just breathing in on a cold morning can be enough to set off a particularly sensitive tooth. The pain caused by tooth sensitivity can be quite sudden and sharp, reaching deep into the tooth.

sensitive-teethWhy Do Teeth Become Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of different reasons. Sometimes it simply due to wear and tear because as your tooth enamel wears down, it begins to expose the inner part of your tooth called the dentine. This consists of lots of tiny and tightly packed tubes that lead directly to the centre of your tooth where all the nerves are located in the pulp. Eating something hot or cold allows the sensation to reach your tooth nerves, creating pain.

Other causes of tooth sensitivity include untreated gum disease and tooth decay, and if you have chipped or broken teeth then this can also expose the dentine and quite possibly the pulp of the tooth, which is why it’s always important to see our Basildon dentist to get any cracks and chips mended as soon as possible. Teeth grinding habits can also wear down your tooth enamel and may also create chips and fractures in them. Tooth sensitivity may be caused by something as straightforward as eating and drinking foods that are highly acidic and which will gradually wear down your dental enamel. It’s not uncommon to feel increased tooth sensitivity after you have visited a dentist in Basildon but these feelings should go away within just a few weeks as the teeth begin to settle down.

Taking Action to Reduce Your Tooth Sensitivity

If you do suffer from tooth sensitivity then your first step should be to book an appointment for a check-up with our dentist in Basildon. This is important so we can check to make sure the sensitivity isn’t being caused by any untreated dental problems. Any loose or crumbling fillings can be replaced and we can repair teeth to cover up any exposed root surfaces or will mend any cracks or chips. We can also check to ensure you aren’t brushing your teeth too hard as sometimes this can wear down tooth enamel and may cause gum recession. A fluoride treatment may be useful as it will harden your tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity and there are various other things we can do to help. You may also want to start using toothpaste designed to reduce tooth sensitivity. This works by blocking up the tubes in your dentine, preventing any hot and cold sensations from reaching your tooth nerves. It does need to be used continuously as the effects are cumulative but it can be very effective.

You don’t need to put up with tooth sensitivity so if eating ice cream currently causes you pain then please book an appointment to come and see us here at Felmores Dental Care. You can contact us through our website at or just call us direct on 01268 726789.

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