Tooth sensitivity can be caused by thin enamel, as well as a range of other oral health issues.
If you have felt discomfort when eating something particularly hot or cold, you are not alone. Tooth sensitivity is a common issue and can cause considerable pain in one or more teeth. The discomfort associated with tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, usually occurs in response to stimuli such as extreme temperatures. The good news is that tooth sensitivity can usually be resolved — read on to find out more about its possible causes and what you can do to alleviate your pain.
What are the symptoms of tooth sensitivity?
Most people who suffer from tooth sensitivity feel pain in their teeth that is triggered by certain stimuli. These include hot and cold foods and drinks; sweet foods and drinks; acidic foods and drinks; and cold air. Pain can also be triggered when one brushes or flosses their teeth, or when using a mouth wash that contains alcohol.
The symptoms of tooth sensitivity can affect one or multiple teeth, and can come and go for no apparent reason. Symptoms can vary from mild to intense.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a common concern, and some people are naturally more prone to the issue than others, especially if they have particularly thin enamel.
While some people have naturally thinner enamel than others, there are a few factors that can wear your enamel down over time and contribute to sensitivity. These include over-brushing your teeth; using a hard-bristled toothbrush; grinding your teeth; and consuming acidic foods and drinks regularly.
A number of oral health issues can also cause tooth sensitivity. These include receding gums; tooth decay; broken or chipped teeth; and worn-down restorations like fillings or crowns. If you are struggling with any of these concerns and have noticed some sensitivity as a result, it is advisable that you see your dentist as soon as possible.
How can tooth sensitivity be treated?
Fortunately, there are a few ways in which tooth sensitivity can be addressed. The severity of your discomfort, as well as the cause of the issue, will determine if changes to your oral hygiene routine will be enough to provide relief, or whether you need help from your dentist.
There are a number of specially formulated toothpastes for sensitive teeth that can be helpful in the case of very mild sensitivity. You may also find it helpful to use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol, as this is less likely to cause irritation and exacerbate your discomfort.
If you feel discomfort when brushing your teeth, it is advisable that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to brush gently to avoid causing further damage to your enamel.
If changes to your oral hygiene routine do not help to ease your sensitivity, it is a good idea to consult with your dentist. They will examine your teeth and gums and check for any underlying conditions that could be causing tooth sensitivity. If an oral health issue, such as receding gums or teeth grinding is the cause of your sensitivity, your dentist will let you know what form of treatment is most appropriate for you.
How can we help?
At Somerset Dental Care, we offer a comprehensive range of preventative and restorative dental treatments. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, we encourage you to come in and see us for a check-up so that we can identify the cause of your discomfort. We will then tailor a treatment plan to help improve your overall oral health and alleviate your painful symptoms.
If you would like to find out what you can expect from a dental check-up at Somerset Dental Care, please have a look here.
To make an appointment, please get in touch here or give us a call on 02 4648 0909. Our team is dedicated to providing caring, effective and compassionate treatment for each of our patients. We look forward to welcoming you to our comfortable practice in Narellan.