Sensitive teeth can be very inconvenient and painful. Unfortunately, it does affect a high proportion of the population, but it’s more common in those aged between 20 to 40. If you think you may have sensitive teeth, then read below to find out more.
What are sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can affect the tooth or exposed root surfaces. If hot and cold or acidic foods and drinks cause mild or moderate discomfort to your teeth, then it can mean you suffer from sensitive teeth. But do not fear! We have listed below some causes and prevention tips to try and get your sensitive teeth under control.
What causes sensitive teeth?
1. Grinding your teeth is a habit that means you clench and grind your teeth together. This can cause the enamel of the teeth to wear away thus causing some discomfort.
2. Teeth whitening can contribute to sensitivity. Some patients can experience sensitivity for a short period of time after a teeth whitening session so it’s important to discuss with your dentist if you are already prone to sensitive teeth and are considering this treatment.
3. Highly acidic foods and beverages can cause teeth erosion leading to sensitivity.
How can I prevent sensitive teeth?
1. Brush your teeth twice a day, particularly just before you go to sleep, with fluoride toothpaste that is specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Do this for 2 minutes and follow up with the correct Tepe brushes.
2. Use a soft-to-medium toothbrush and avoid brushing in a side-to-side movement. Electric toothbrushes are great as they often use a circular motion. If you use an electric toothbrush, allow the brush to do the work just make sure that you place it on each tooth at the correct angle.
3. Change your toothbrush every three months.
4. Stick to a diet low in acidic foods and drinks if you find these worsen the tooth sensitivity. Remember, even diet drinks and fizzy water are bad for you teeth.
5. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. Remember, persistent sensitive teeth can be a sign of gum disease which is linked to heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease.
6. Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of Tempero Mandibular Joint Dysfunction and you made benefit from a night guard. This is often linked with headaches or neck and back pain.
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