Do your teeth give you grief when you’re drinking hot coffee, drinking a thick-shake, or eating an
orange or ice-cream? If you feel pain in your teeth when you’re consuming hot, cold or acidic drinks or
foods, you could have sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by the following dental issues:
- Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush and using a hard grip while brushing aggressively;
- Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages;
- Tooth decay, worn leaky fillings and broken teeth that expose the dentine of your tooth;
- Gum recession that leaves your root surface exposed;
- Grinding your teeth at night; or
- Post dental treatment sensitivity – common, but temporary, especially with procedures such as
crowns, fillings and tooth bleaching.
So what can you do?
Here are some steps you can take to treat and prevent tooth sensitivity:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will help prevent gum loss.
- Brush with a sensitivity toothpaste, which will continue removing plaque to clean teeth
while providing relief from sensitivity.
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent gum loss.
- Be sure to clean all parts of your mouth, including between teeth and along the gum line.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks.
If you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind, we recommend making an appointment with your
dental professional to investigate the causes and possible treatments.
Australian Dental Association https://www.ada.org.au/getattachment/Your-Dental-Health/Resources-for-Professionals/Resources-for-Teens-12-17/Ouch-I-have-sensitive-teeth/Ouch!-I-have-sensitive-teeth.pdf.aspx
American Dental Association https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/Files/patient_33.pdf?la=en