Molesey dentist prevents agony of tooth sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity, or hypersensitivity, affects nearly one in five of us at some point. It makes eating hot or cold food and drinks, and even breathing cold air, a painful experience, and really there is no need to put up with it.
The problem usually occurs when gums recede past parts of the tooth that are not covered by the protective enamel layer. These parts of the teeth are full of thousands of tiny holes called dentinal channels, which lead straight to the root of the tooth. It is these exposed areas that cause us to feel the pain of sensitive teeth. It can also be caused when the enamel on the tooth is simply eroded as part of a wider decay, again exposing the dentinal channels.
Tooth sensitivity is caused by a wide variety of factors. Some of the most common include brushing too hard, which erodes the gums; the natural recession of gums with age; gum disease and just using the wrong kind of toothbrush. Tooth sensitivity can also occur as a by-product of several dental procedures, such as whitening.
Most of the common causes can be combated simply by more effective oral hygiene. Brushing in the correct way, with the right strength bristles can delay the recession of gums. A Molesey dentist will be able to tell you which brush is the most suitable for your gums and teeth.
On other occasions the problem might be caused broken or fractured teeth which will require more comprehensive treatment from a dentist. Similarly, grinding or clenching issues can cause sensitive teeth. In this instance a dentist might prescribe a mouth guard to prevent the teeth being eroded by unconscious erosion.
Whatever the cause, there is usually a solution that could be as simple as changing your toothpaste or toothbrush. Make an appointment with a Molesey dentist if you have sensitive teeth and you might be able to prevent the irritation of tooth sensitivity.