Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

Beware of the Symptoms of Sensitive Teeth

The Causes

Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by exposed dentin on root areas due to receded gums or periodontal disease. The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the centre. Without the protection of enamel, these tubes can be stimulated by changes in temperature or certain foods.

Have you experienced that electric stinging sensation as you take a sip of iced tea or a bite of a candy bar?
Have you experienced that electric stinging sensation as you take a sip of iced tea or a bite of a candy bar?

Treatments

Cavity

A restoration (or filling) can be placed

Gum Disease

The dentist can perform a thorough cleaning of the area

Exposed
Dentin

A number of professional and at-home treatments can be used to reduce the sensitivity

At-Home Procedures

Use A Soft-Bristle Toothbrush

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, with low abrasive toothpaste

Brush Properly

Brush properly and do not over brush

Choose Your Toothpaste Carefully

1. Use a toothpaste specially formulated to soothe nerve endings in the tooth
2. Use a high fluoride toothpaste (recommended by your dentist) to strengthen the tooth surface

In-Office Procedures

Fluoride Varnish

It can be applied to exposed areas, strengthening the enamel and dentin

Fluoride Foam or Gel

Both can be placed into a mouth tray and placed in the mouth for 3-5 minutes, providing teeth with a high dose of strengthening fluoride

Bonding Agent

The material used to stick tooth coloured restorations to teeth, can be used to seal the dentin surface and provide a barrier against the stimuli that cause sensitivity

How to prevent your teeth getting too sensitive?

Oral hygiene

Practise good oral hygiene

Dental Products

Choose fluoridated dental products and adopt toothpaste tailored for sensitive teeth

Avoid Acidic Foods

Minimise the consumption of acidic foods

Brushing Skills

Avoid brushing too hard or too often, and use a softer toothbrush