Dealing with sensitive teeth

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Many people deal with sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is usually caused by a loss of the enamel, or the protective hard coating of the teeth. The loss if the tooth’s enamel allows its inner parts to become exposed to the outside world. This means that the tooth’s inner pulp and its nerves can be directly exposed to temperature changes and sugary foods, which can cause the nerves to fire, producing pain. Proper dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist’s office can help prevent the build-up of plaque that reduces the enamel of the teeth, which can help reduce sensitivity of the teeth.

Another cause of sensitive teeth is when patients undergo orthodontic treatment. Modern braces use lower foces to push teeth into alignment but this may still cause some discomfort to the patient. This can be alleviated by taking over the counter pain killers and is often recommended when patients wear their new aligners as part of their Invisalign treatment. Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre offer a wide range of braces in Kent, modern orthodontic treatments including Invisalign to straighten teeth in an invisible way.

Sensitivity caused by reduced tooth enamel can be treated with a type of toothpaste. There are several types of toothpastes that are specifically designed to help repair the lost enamel and prevent the nerves within the teeth from firing. There are also several types of mouthwash that can help to reduce tooth sensitiveness. People with sensitivity problems should stay clear of whitening products, as these often directly cause sensitivity problems. They should also use a toothbrush that has soft bristles to prevent wearing down their enamel.

Other ways to deal with sensitive teeth involve stopping the patient from grinding their teeth during the night, which wears down the teeth’s protective coverings. Specially designed mouth guards can help with this. Fluoridated water and other products can also aid in the process of restoring the tooth enamel.

Regular dental checkups and special procedures that can reduce tooth sensitivity can be found in the Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre. Interested patients can make an appointment with Dr Rik Trivedi or another member of the dental staff by calling 01474 537191 or by stopping into the office located at 189-191 Parrock Street, in Gravesend, Kent DA12 1EN.

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

Dr Rik Trivedi is the Principal dentist at Parrock Dental & Implant Centres. He has a keen interest in Cosmetic Smile Dentistry and braces, Dental implants, Facial Aesthetics, Prevention and is very experienced in the design and placement of Cerec Same Day Crown technology.