What are sensitive teeth?
Having sensitive teeth can mean anything from getting a mild twinge to having severe discomfort that can continue for several hours. It can also be an early warning sign of more serious dental problems.
Who suffers from sensitive teeth?
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth and it can start at any time. It is more common in people aged between 20 and 40, although it can affect people in their early teens and when they are over 70. Women are more likely to be affected than men.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Brushing too hard, dental erosion, gum disease, tooth grinding, a cracked tooth or filling, tooth bleaching can be reasons for the sensitive teeth.
When are teeth more likely to be sensitive?
You are more likely to feel the sensitivity when drinking or eating something cold, from cold air catching your teeth, and sometimes with hot foods or drinks. Some people have sensitivity when they have sweet or acidic food and drinks. The pain can come and go, with some times being worse than others.
Is there anything I can do to treat sensitive teeth at home?
There are many brands of toothpaste on the market made to help ease the pain of sensitive teeth. You should use the toothpaste twice a day to brush your teeth.
Is there anything I should avoid if I have sensitive teeth?
You may find that hot, cold, sweet or acidic drinks, or foods like ice cream, can bring on sensitivity, so you may want to avoid these.
Do I need to go and see my dentist?
Yes, if you have tried treating your sensitive teeth for a few weeks and have had no improvement. We can treat acute sensitivity to enable you get on with your day to day work.
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