Dental Hygiene Tips & Tricks

Tooth sensitivity: no, it’s not just you!

Potentially the most common tooth-related issue your Wellington dentist will come across in clients is sensitive, weak teeth

Potentially the most common tooth-related issue your Wellington dentist will come across in clients is sensitive, weak teeth. Sensitive teeth are just permanently not in the mood for anything…acidic foods, cold foods, hot foods, sweet foods, extra-salty foods: they’re going to pack a sad no matter what you eat!

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If certain foods or a breath of cold air cause your teeth to let you know about it, then they’re absolutely sensitive. Don’t worry: you’re not alone in this toothy saga! And because this is such a common issue, there are plenty of options for treatment!

A little more information

So you’re probably wondering what exactly is going on when your teeth suddenly feel like they’re trying to destroy you. Dentine (the layer surrounding each of the sensitive little nerves in your teeth) is protected by the enamel in your tooth crown. As you grow older, your enamel thins out: weakening the integrity of your poor, defenceless tooth, and allowing for nerve-pinching pain whenever your pearly whites come in contact with extreme heat or extreme cold.

Common causes and prevention

Maybe you’re born with it: maybe it’s too many treats! Or maybe you just need to chill out with that tooth brush! Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re wondering where your tooth sensitivity came from:

  • Hard brush/brushing on your teeth: this wears away enamel over time
  • Acidic food: fizzies and sherbet treats are like ocean waves on a cliff – they’re going to erode each tooth in time, so give them up now if you don’t want to risk worsening the pain

If the sensitivity is worsening daily, you should absolutely book an appointment with your local Wellington dentist. Your dentist can recommend special toothpaste that will bring balance to the pain-force in your mouth, as well as offering a series of helpful cleaning instructions to adopt in order to maintain strong, happy teeth.

A final warning

If you’re finding that the sensitivity we speak of is occurring in only one or a few of your teeth, then something more serious might be going on than mere sensitivity. If you attend regular check-ups with your dentist, he or she should be able to keep an eye on such matters so that they don’t surprise you with expensive repair jobs later on life!

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