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Sensitive Teeth Causes And Treatments

A sudden pain or discomfort when eating hot or cold foods or breathing in through your mouth are common symptoms of sensitive teeth. It is very treatable with our useful tips below.

What Is Sensitivity?

If you get a sharp, sudden pain in your teeth when you bite into something hot or cold, it’s very likely that you are suffering from sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are an exaggerated response to a stimuli such as hot or cold.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

There are a range of things that can cause sensitivity, but there are two main reasons: enamel loss and gum recession.

Enamel loss can be caused by:

  • Brushing too aggressively too often.
  • Acid erosion from acidic foods and drinks such as fizzy drinks or sweets.

Gum recession can be caused by:

  • Using a hard bristle toothbrush as this can injure the gum tissue.
  • Gum disease.
  • Your genes. No matter how well you look after your oral health, you may be genetically susceptible to gum recession.
  • Smoking increases plaque buildup on teeth which can lead to a greater risk of gum recession.

Professional and at home whitening can cause temporary sensitivity, but this should subside within a short period of time.

How To Treat Sensitive Teeth

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is key to preventing sensitivity. This means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing. You can also use a specialist sensitive toothpaste such as those sold by sensodyne.

If, after treating at home, you are still suffering with sensitivity, we would recommend that you visit your dentist so that they can offer you advice and treatment if you need it.

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