Sensitive teeth can be attributed to a variety of conditions, including dental decay or leaking fillings, gum disease or even over brushing of teeth. However, there are a number of ways to avoid these issues.
Regular visits to your dentist or hygienist allow for early detection of these potential problems and any treatment can be given before they become excessively painful. This is the best course of action for anyone dealing with sensitive teeth or gums. After all, there could be an underlying issue causing the sensitivity so it will be better in the long-term to find out what that is.
In all cases, prevention is better than cure so by avoiding acidic foods or drinks you will of course maintain healthier tooth enamel levels, but simply having a good diet should not deter your from regular visits to your dentist.
Individuals who have partially lost the outer enamel layer of their teeth already, through tooth brush abrasion or erosion can consider bonding or crown treatment, plus a variety of other options. Unfortunately once the enamel has broken down, if you consider using specialist toothpastes alone, they will only strengthen the enamel you have left. They will not replace it. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you visit your dentist to get a full and comprehensive check-up for a suitable resolution.
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth and while a mild twinge can happen for a variety of reasons, it can also be an early indicator or a more serious underlying dental problem.
It tends to be more common in people aged between 20 and 40, although this does not mean that people in their teens or the elderly will not experience it at some time either and statistically, women are more likely to be affected than men.
During any examination the dentist will talk to you about your symptoms and then look at your teeth to ascertain what might be causing the sensitivity and will of course offer the best way of treating it. This may include special de-sensitising products to help relieve your symptoms, fluoride gels, rinses or varnishes that can be applied to the sensitive teeth.
For more information on getting help please contact us here at the Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry.