Are you finding that your teeth hurt when you consume certain foods or drinks, such as those that are hot or cold, sweet or sour? You could be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Just as the triggers vary, so too do the causes. Your sensitivity may only affect one tooth or several, and it may occur suddenly, on and off, or increase over time.
Potential causes of tooth sensitivity
* Regular consumption of highly acidic foods and/or drinks, which erodes the teeth
* Applying too much pressure and force when brushing, which can wear away the protective layer of the teeth as well as causing gums to recede (exposing the root)
* Stress – causing you to clench or grind your teeth
* Gum disease, which can cause gum recession
* Dental decay
* Complications of other conditions causing increased acid in the mouth, such as frequent vomiting or acid reflux
* Chipped, broken or decayed teeth – exposing the nerve in the tooth to irritation and sensitivity
* Recent dental work
* Use of over-the-counter tooth whitening kits
* Using highly abrasive toothpaste
To help with the prevention of tooth sensitivity, or further sensitivity, it is important to follow a diet that is low in acidic and sugary foods and beverages, and more importantly – to have a good oral hygiene routine. Making sure that you are brushing (with a soft bristle brush) and flossing effectively in the morning and in the evening, before bed. It is also important to avoid brushing your teeth within 30 minutes of consuming acidic food or drink – try to wait for at least 60 minutes where possible.
As there are so many variables involved, the only way to truly get to the root of the issue, and to find relief from the pain, is to make an appointment to see your dentist. Our highly experienced dentists at Tindale Dental are passionate about helping you to enjoy your teeth. Contact our dental clinic in Penrith on (02) 4726 5400 today to book your appointment. Please don’t hesitate to contact us – some tooth sensitivity can be the result of a more serious issue or could lead to further problems if left unchecked.