How Do We Deal With Sensitive Teeth?

Dental Homebush – Tooth Pain From Hot or Cold Drinks.

Some of us may suffer a sharp pain in one or more teeth when we drink hot or cold beverages. The teeth have become sensitive because of damage.

Sensitive teeth can be caused by several factors, the main three being:
– Thinning Enamel on the teeth
– A deep Cavity (caries) in a tooth
– Receding Gums that expose the roots of the teeth.

Usually the nerve inside the tooth is insulated by the pulp and enamel of the tooth. It will only mildly feel the temperature inside the mouth. But if the enamel is thin the nerve is no longer insulated, and becomes exposed to the full effect of anything hot or cold, and the result is painful.

A cavity that produces a large hole in the tooth can also expose the nerve, which means pain when we consume anything that is hot of cold.
If our gums have receded over time then the roots of the teeth will be exposed, also leaving the nerve inside the teeth unprotected. So we suffer pain in several teeth when we consume anything hot or cold.
If the pain is only in one tooth then we probably suffer a serious cavity. This needs to be promptly treated by the dentist. Though this is serious a filling will usually be all that is required. And some more diligent cleaning practices in the future.
If we suffer pain in all the upper or lower teeth we probably suffer from receding gums. This required ongoing dental treatment, as advised by the dentist.
If we suffer pain in several teeth then we probably have thinning enamel. This can be treated with toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, though this treatment requires a few weeks to take effect.

Dental Homebush – Causes of Thin Enamel on Our Teeth:

– If we drink acidic beverages like fruit juice the enamel becomes thin over time.
– If we brush too soon after eating then the enamel will start to wear away. Tooth enamel will be temporarily softened by many foods and drinks, so brushing too soon after eating will cause damage. Wait 30 minutes after eating and drinking before brushing. Drinking water after eating, or chewing sugar-free gum will greatly reduce this problem.
– Using a hard bristle tooth brush will wear away enamel over time. Use a soft bristle brush and gentle pressure when brushing. An electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor can help us with correct brushing technique.

Homebush Dentist – Treatments for sensitive teeth:

– There are several toothpastes formulated for sensitive teeth. These will greatly reduce the pain when used on a regular basis. This toothpaste must be left on the teeth for 30 minutes or more, and never rinsed off. Over a period of a few weeks these sensitive teeth toothpastes will significantly reduce, hopefully remove, the pain of sensitive teeth.
– Fluoride gel applied to teeth can help strengthen tooth enamel over time.
– Tooth sealants, applied by the dentist, can reduce the pain of a sensitive tooth.
– Diligent use of a soft bristle toothbrush and flossing will keep the teeth clean, reducing the damage that causes sensitive teeth.
– Sometimes a tooth just needs a filling. But we should take precautions to prevent future damage.
Talk to our dentists to identify the cause of sensitive teeth.

Homebush Dentist

Sensitive teeth cause ongoing irritation, and are a sign of a serious problem. Dentists can reduce the pain and help restore a health mouth.