Being Sensitised about Tooth Sensitivity
At Aneja Dental Clinic, we look forward to offering you the best possible experience. But only our services are restricted to the clinic, not our duties. We consider it important to create awareness where we can and this is our initiative to create understanding about a problem that plagues many but is widely misunderstood – tooth sensitivity. With an increasing number of patients turning up with this concern, we would like to familiarise you with what it is and what causes it.
If you have ever felt pain in your teeth after eating something cold, hot, sweet or sour, you know it can be quite bad. This is what Tooth sensitivity feels like and is caused by the thinning of the enamel that covers the teeth. This exposes nerves and when food comes in contact with them, it hurts. It is time you see a dentist.
One of the leading causes of tooth sensitivity is improper brushing technique. Many people believe that not brushing enough leaves the teeth dirty and leads to sensitivity. In fact, over brushing is more harmful and so is using a hard brush. It is advisable to use a medium to soft brush and brush the teeth in a circular motion, not sweeping strokes.
For those who love sodas and cold drinks, this is a common problem as they strip the enamel layer quickly. Build up of acid in the mouth due to various foods can also lead to this. So, it is better to keep snacking down, avoid sugary and high carb foods, all of which can cause acids to build up.
Bleaching you teeth too frequently can also cause sensitivity. Another cause is receding gums which expose nerves and is unavoidable in old age. Once you have narrowed down your problem causing factor, act on the advise of your dentist and with the many products available, you should easily be able to control this problem.