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Sensitive teeth – are they a problem for you?

Updated: Jun 21, 2018

Sensitive teeth

About 30% of adults in the UK experience some level of tooth sensitivity. Many have just learned to live with it because it isn’t too severe. At PS Dental Care, we don’t think you should have to live with any issue that affects your teeth. When you choose us as your dentist in Soho, we will talk to you about sensitive teeth and see if you can be free of the associated issues with our help.

What causes sensitive teeth?

Anything that exposes the dentine layer of your teeth can cause you to experience the pain of sensitive teeth. This layer is filled with a number of fluid-filled tubes. It is assumed that sensitive tooth pain is caused by hot or cold liquids stimulating movement in the fluid in these tubes which causes it to interact with the nerves in the root of the tooth. This is what causes the strong sensations.

  • Receding gums – anything that causes the gums to recede can expose the root layer of the tooth which is not protected by enamel. Causes include gum disease and excessive brushing. When you visit PS Dental Care, we can check to see what the cause of your receding gums is likely to be and offer you advice and/or treatment;

  • Enamel erosion – anything that erodes the enamel on other areas of the tooth can cause exposure of the dentin as well. This includes tooth decay and general wear. The dentist in Soho can check for patches of damage when you visit us.

When do sensitive teeth become a serious problem?

For some people, sensitive teeth can become an obstruction to enjoying a full life. If they have to limit their food choices severely to avoid causing themselves pain, this can lead to a reduction of social options and difficult feelings around this. Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of poor oral health and the tiny holes in the teeth can harbour bacteria that lead to tooth decay. It is better on all fronts that you seek the advice of the dentist in Soho, if you have sensitive teeth. There is quite a lot that can be achieved with a simple change in your oral health routine.

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