Sensitive Teeth

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Sensitive Teeth

A variety of options are currently available to suit most conditions. Some of the commonly used cosmetic options available include :

  1. How do teeth become sensitive?
    • Poor brushing:
      Wrong or aggressive brushing can wear down the protective tooth enamel causing the teeth to become sensitive
    • Receding Gums:
      Failure to clean well causes gums to pull back/recede, exposing the roots of the teeth. The roots are more vulnerable to decay since they have never been exposed to fluoride resulting in root caries causing more pain.

    Your dentist may recommend extra fluoride to strengthen exposed roots.

  2. Can sensitive teeth be treated?
    Of course! Here are some things that you can do:

    • Learn the correct brushing technique from your dentist. And start following it!
    • Use a fluoridated toothpaste specially formulated to reduce sensitivity.
    • Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush.
    • You will probably notice improvement in 2-4 weeks. If your teeth are still sensitive after a month of consistent use, consult your dentist.
    • For extreme sensitivity, you can get quick relief with a specialist treatment, stannous fluoride gel. Apply it directly to the sensitive area with a toothbrush or your finger. The gel’s unique formula also helps toughen exposed root surfaces.
    • Use a proven anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste to toughen tooth enamel and help prevent decay.
    • To make your brushing routine even more effective and reduce plaque, use an anti-bacterial mouth rinse before you brush.
    • Use a self-bristled toothbrush. Gently brush teeth and massage your gums at least twice a day for at least two minutes.
    • Change your brush regularly.
    • Floss everyday to remove the plaque between teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
    • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and try to avoid too many sugary and sticky foods.
    • Visit your dentist regularly to make sure your teeth and gums stay strong and healthy. Regular dental visits can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Your dentist will be able to detect early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.