Have you noticed an ice-cold treat or a soothing hot drink causes pain or tooth sensitivity? These sensations can also be triggered by sour or sweet foods. Tooth sensitivity may affect one or more teeth and is caused when the tough outer layer of tooth enamel protecting your teeth is damaged in some way, exposing the softer dentin underneath. Dentin is full of microscopic holes leading directly to the tooth pulp containing nerves and which is why sensitive teeth can be painful!
Treating Sensitive Teeth
If you have noticed tooth sensitivity, it’s best to come and see us here at Complete Dental for a proper dental check-up. Sometimes tooth sensitivity may be due to an untreated cavity or an exposed tooth root surface and where dental treatment will help to protect the tooth, preventing unwanted sensitivity and further damage to the tooth. Other possible procedures that could help include fluoride treatments, or we may suggest some improvements to your oral hygiene routine. Sometimes the remedy may be as simple as making sure you brush and floss correctly, preventing plaque buildup that can increase tooth sensitivity, or using toothpaste specially designed for sensitive teeth. Other times, you may be brushing too hard and damaging your tooth enamel.