If you’ve ever winced when consuming hot coffee or cold ice cream, you’ve experienced tooth sensitivity.
This common dental issue can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. At Northcote Dental, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and treatment options to manage and prevent tooth sensitivity effectively.
Tooth sensitivity usually happens when the tooth’s protective layers, enamel and cementum, wear away, exposing the underlying dentin. This can cause discomfort or sharp sudden pain, especially in response to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods.
Tooth sensitivity can stem from various factors like tooth decay, worn tooth enamel, gum disease, fractured teeth, or exposed tooth roots. Even habits such as aggressive tooth brushing or grinding your teeth can contribute to sensitivity.
Depending on the cause, treatments can vary. They may range from using a desensitising toothpaste or fluoride gel to more involved dental procedures, like a filling, crown, inlay, or a root canal.
Good oral hygiene can help prevent conditions leading to tooth sensitivity. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss regularly, and avoid acidic foods and drinks. Regular dental check-ups allow early detection and treatment of conditions that may cause sensitivity.
Remember, enduring tooth sensitivity isn’t necessary. It’s important to discuss any oral discomfort with your dentist to identify the root cause and determine an effective treatment plan. At Northcote Dental, our dedicated team is here to assist you with your oral health concerns and provide you with tailored treatment plans.