Many people suffer from toothache caused by sensitivity, but for many this could be a warning sign of something more serious.

If you experience sharp and sudden pain when eating certain foods or exposing your teeth to extreme changes in temperature then you almost certainly have a sensitivity problem.  This pain is caused when the dentin of your teeth is exposed along the gum line.  Dentin is a relatively soft material that helps to support the tooth.  When gums start to recede they expose this dentin and this can cause pain when we eat hot or cold foods and even sweet or spicy foods.

Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable and can strike suddenly causing a sharp pain in one or many teeth.  It is most common in the front teeth although many people also experience the pain in their molars.  Whilst sensitivity is a problem in itself it can also suggest there are more serious health issues.  A quick trip to your dentist for a check up could help to put your fears at rest and also net you some advice on how to prevent tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by overzealous brushing, teeth grinding together during the night, gum disease and tooth decay.  It’s an unfortunate problem that can have a negative impact on daily life.  For example, you may need to avoid certain foods or use special tooth products and brushes for especially sensitive teeth.  There are some toothpastes on the market today that help with the sensitivity by plugging up gaps in dentin and helping to reduce the pain felt.

If you are considering any cosmetic dentistry treatments such as implants or teeth whitening your dentist will be able to give you the best advice when it comes to sensitive teeth.  Some procedures will need to be modified in order to ensure you suffer as little pain as possible and it’s a good idea to speak to your dentist about any sensitivity you are experiencing.

You can find out more about treatment and advice for sensitive teeth by booking a routine check-up with your dentist.

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