Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is a painful reaction following exposure of the teeth to hot, cold, sweet or sour stimuli.

Causes

  • Tooth decay exposing the tooth to bacteria.
  • Brushing too hard causing abrasion of the enamel and exposure of the more sensitive dentin under layer.
  • Gum recession.
  • Grinding teeth.
  • Poor oral hygiene.

A dental examination is necessary to determine the cause of sensitivity followed by appropriate treatment.

Treatment for sensitive teeth:

  • Filling decayed teeth.
  • Brushing with a soft toothbrush.
  • Using a fluoridated toothpaste for sensitive teeth which can be directly spread over the affected areas and left on for 15 minutes followed by rinsing.
  • Using a fluoride rinse.
  • Wearing a night guard to alleviate symptoms of tooth grinding.
  • Good oral hygiene to reduce plaque build up and tissue irritation.
  • Regular dental check ups.