Q. Do you have any tips on how I can treat sensitive teeth?
A. Having sensitive teeth can mean a number of things and can range from mild discomfort that lasts a few minutes to severe discomfort that can last for a few hours. It is usually caused when the softer dentine, which is protected by the enamel on our teeth, becomes exposed.
This can be caused by a number of things – the most common one being regular exposure to cold drinks or foods.
Sometimes, hot foods and drinks can also make your teeth feel sensitive. Other causes of sensitive teeth include dental erosion, which is caused by the loss of tooth enamel from eating or drinking too many acidic foods and drinks.
A build-up of tartar and plaque around the gums area can also cause the gums to become weak and even damage the bony support of the tooth. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth regularly, it is best to go and speak with your dentist.
They will look at your teeth, give you a definitive diagnosis as to what is causing the sensitivity and be able to treat it accordingly.
They may apply fluoride gel or a special varnish over the course of multiple appointments to try and build up protection, as it can take more than one appointment for sensitive teeth to settle.
If the sensitivity is not too severe then your dentist may recommend a toothpaste with a higher concentration of fluoride and advise you to rub it on the affected areas for a few weeks.