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Sensitive Teeth?

Do you suffer with tooth sensitivity?

When eating or drinking cold things - ice cream , breathing in cold air or drinking cold drinks 

Read Below to find out the safest and least damaging way to manage tooth sensitivity

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How to manage sensitive teeth

Tooth Sensitivity occurs when dentine (the part of the tooth normally covered by enamel or the gum) becomes exposed

Dentine can become exposed by 

Loss of enamel - caused by brushing too hard , incorrect diet , age and other habits such as nail biting/teeth grinding 

Gum recession - caused by gum disease, brushing too hard , teeth grinding , unnatural occlusion , thin gum tissue and age 

Our dentists can help identify the cause of the dentine exposure which is key to preventing progression

Once the cause is established and we know that no more dentine will become exposed we have to desensitise the dentine that is currently exposed

Unfortunately enamel and receded gums do not grow back 

Dentine is a hypersensitive part of the tooth which is fine as it is normally covered by gum or enamel but when it is exposed it is very prone to cold 

The safest , most up to date and internationally recognised way to manage tooth sensitivity is stepwise management 

Starting with the least invasive way - until the symptoms subside we try to be as less invasive as possible to help keep things as natural as we can , which is the best way for you oral health 

1st stage management - which solves the sensitivity for most individuals is - application of sensitive toothpaste - this can replace your normal toothpaste but ensure not to rinse out after brushing as the ingredients need to dry onto the teeth to work. Alternatively and for a stronger affect you can use sensitive toothpaste directly like a cream - apply a small pea sized amount of sensitive toothpaste directly onto the affected area and allow it to dry onto the teeth - repeat as often as necessary every 2-3 hours gradually over a few weeks the sensitivity will reduce

Most of the major toothpaste brands have a sensitive toothpaste range different people respond differently to the different brand so we advise to try and see what works for you 

If this management does not work then the next stage 

2nd stage management - involves application of permanent desensiting agents and fillings by dental professionals 

This would be done in more severe cases or where cosmetic issues are present - however if possible we try to avoid this as anything unnatural is prone to decay and nothing is as good as your own natural tooth

If you would like to know more or book in for a consultation you can contact us on 07 828 268 368


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