Do your teeth twinge in the cold air or when you sip a hot cup of tea? Sensitive teeth usually make themselves known when they come into contact with temperature extremes. It can cause you to wince and sometimes be a painful experience. Enamel erosion can lead to tooth sensitivity, as can teeth clenching or grinding, and teeth bleaching.
What can I do about my sensitive teeth?
The first step in treating sensitive teeth is to start looking after your enamel and avoid very acidic food and drink, especially fizzy drinks. You can make simple changes to your diet to help, such as eating more dairy – like milk, cheese and natural yoghurt – and incorporating more fibre-rich foods and vegetables. Green tea and black tea have also been found to help maintain the natural pH in your mouth. You should also check the ingredients in your toothpaste. Many contain the ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate, which can irritate sensitive teeth.
Usually sensitivity from tooth whitening is temporary, and should subside. Wear to teeth from grinding and clenching can usually be addressed with a mouth guard. Your Portman Dental & Implant Clinic dental specialist will be able to diagnose why you are experiencing sensitive teeth, and talk you through options and treatments.