Do you find yourself wincing with pain when you brush your teeth or does biting into an ice cream cause you to say “ouch”? If so then you could be one of the many people that suffer from sensitive teeth.
According to Battersea Dentist, Dr Hooman Sanaty from Glow Dental, you shouldn’t have to put up with pain, and there are in fact several things you can do yourself to make your teeth less sensitive and improve your oral health. Here are some reasons why you could be experiencing tooth sensitivity and what you can do to remedy this.
Decay around fillings
Old fillings can weaken and even leak around the edges leaving tiny crevices where bacteria can accumulate and this causes the enamel to erode and acid to build up. If you notice sensitivity occurring in your teeth between your six monthly check-ups then have a word with your dentist. Old fillings can be easily replaced.
Twice daily brushing and flossing helps to remove plaque but in cases where it hardens, it’s impossible to remove it yourself. A large build up of plaque can damage the protective layer of enamel covering the surface of your teeth and make them feel sensitive. The solution is to ensure you attend six month check-ups with the hygienist (or more often if necessary) to have all plaque removed.
People who grind their teeth in a condition known as bruxism usually do so at night and aren’t even aware that they’re doing it. Grinding can erode the enamel and expose the middle layer of the tooth or dentin, which contains minute hollow tubes that lead to the dental nerves. Most dentists in Battersea will suggest wearing a mouth guard at night which can be custom made for an exact fit.
Use a softer tooth brush
Often teeth become sensitive when a person brushes their teeth with a little too much enthusiasm and uses a hard bristle brush. Over a period of time this can wear away the enamel layer that protects the teeth and lead to exposure of the minuscule canals which lead to the tooth nerves. When cold, hot, acidic, or sticky food comes into contact with these canals the result can be discomfort and tooth sensitivity. One way to remedy this is to use a soft bristle tooth brush and brush more gently.
Recent dental treatment
It’s not uncommon for teeth to feel more sensitive after you’ve had some form of dental treatment. Such things as root canal treatment, an extraction, or the placement of a crown can make your teeth feel sensitive for a short period of time. If this fails to disappear then do visit your dentist once more, since it could be the sign of an infection.
If your teeth are particularly sensitive and having a major impact on your day to day living, then laser dentistry offers a permanent solution. More Battersea dentists are incorporating laser dentistry into their treatments since it’s quick and easy, needs no anaesthetic and causes minimum discomfort. As a rule teeth de-sensitising using a laser takes around 20 minutes for each tooth. If you’d like to know more about laser dentistry then get in touch with Glow Dental by calling 020 7223 7096 or visit the website at www.glowdental.co.uk where you’ll find more information on all the treatments that we offer.