Millions of adults worldwide suffer from tooth sensitivity and especially when teeth are exposed to colder weather. Healthy teeth are protected by tooth enamel, which covers the softer layer of dentine underneath. If tooth enamel is eroded or damaged, it exposes the dentine. Dentine consists of microscopic tubules that lead to the tooth pulp, housing the nerve. When cold air penetrates dentine and reaches the nerve, it creates that uncomfortable or painful sensation.
Other factors that can cause tooth sensitivity include brushing your teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, gum recession, teeth grinding and clenching, or cracked teeth. It can sometimes occur if you consume lots of acidic foods, or if your tooth enamel is naturally thinner.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
We strongly recommend you regularly visit us for a check-up so we can assess your dental health. If the problem is caused by any dental issues, we can provide the most suitable treatment. Often the pain of tooth sensitivity can be managed using toothpaste for sensitive teeth, but you need to use this toothpaste for several weeks as the effects are cumulative. Also, make sure you only use a soft-bristled toothbrush and don’t brush your teeth too hard.