What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Sudden sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of factors.
When a patient comes to the Confidental Clinic in Greenwich with sensitive teeth, the first thing that we will do is to determine if this applies to an individual tooth, or whether it is more general. Where the discomfort applies to just one tooth, it is more likely that there is a specific problem with that tooth, possibly decay, and we will investigate this and treat it in the relevant manner.
Where the sensitivity applies to all teeth, there are a number of reasons why this might be happening. We will discuss these with patients, and, where applicable, offer treatment.
Direct dental problems
There are two main potential causes of sensitive teeth which relate directly to dental problems.
The first of these is where the enamel of the teeth has become damaged. This may be due to exposure to acidic food and drinks, or may be caused by the patient brushing too hard for long periods of time, consequently wearing away the enamel. Whilst protecting the enamel is the best way to prevent this type of discomfort; where the enamel is already damaged, you may wish to consider having dental veneers fitted to replace the damaged enamel. This will help to protect your teeth and can prevent painful levels of sensitivity.
Teeth grinding (or bruxism) may be another reason for your teeth being sensitive. Many people are not aware that they grind their teeth as this usually occurs during sleep. The best way to prevent this is to investigate, and correct, any issues that may be causing you to do this. Preventative mouth guards are also available which can help to prevent the damage caused by this habit.
Not all tooth sensitivity is caused by direct dental damage and there can be other causes which may result in the sensitivity.
Change of diet – Have you recently changed your diet? Perhaps you have decided that you are going to eat more healthily and are eating a lot of acidic fruits, such as oranges. Although beneficial in many ways, the acids in these foods could be leading to sensitivity.
Sinus infections – If your sinuses have been infected and you are blowing your nose a lot, you may experience an increase in the sensitivity of your upper back teeth. This will revert to normal as the sinus infection heals.
Cold weather – Breathing in deep on a frosty winter day can be challenging to even healthy teeth. Keeping your enamel healthy will help to prevent this. If you find that the sensitivity persists though, then it is time to see your dentist.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy depends on good home care and regular appointments with the dentist and hygienist at the Confidental Clinic. To make an appointment to see us, please call our Greenwich dental practice on 020 8858 1422.