Tips for dealing with sensitive teeth and braces

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Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. They experience chronic pain in their teeth, especially when they drink or eat items that are either very hot or very cold. This pain can be dull, sharp or extremely acute. It is often so troublesome to patients that it negatively affects their entire life. Tooth sensitivity is caused by microscopic holes in the teeth, which allow the underlying layer called dentin to become exposed. These microscopic holes are known as tubules by dentists and they create a hole directly to the tooth’s root and nerves. When a hot or cold substance touches the outside of a tooth it travels through these tubules directly to the roots and nerves, causing extreme pain.

There are several causes of tooth sensitivity, including a loss of enamel due to poor dental hygiene, from brushing the teeth too hard, eating too many foods that are high in acid or as a result of an underlying dental disease. There are ways to help negate the pain of sensitive teeth. Many dentists will recommend a special toothpaste that is specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes can actually help to cover up the exposed tubules and restore the patient’s lost enamel. There are also special toothbrushes available that feature softer bristles.

Some people may also experience temporary tooth sensitivity when they undergo orthodontic treatment. When brackets and wires are first placed this can cause some discomfort, and when putting in new aligners, Invisalign patients, can experience similar sensation. This is usually treated with over-the-counter pain medication such as paracetamol which will help to minimise any discomfort.

If you have any questions about the advantages of modern orthodontics, the best place to get information about braces in Gravesend is Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre. Led by Dr Rik Trivedi, he and his team can answer questions regarding orthodontics and problems with sensitive teeth, and they can recommend various treatments that can lessen the pain. No one should have to deal with the pain of sensitive teeth, especially when there are treatments available.

More information about the Parrock Street Dental and Implant Centre can be found at www.parrockdental.co.uk or by calling 01474 537191.Interested people can also stop by the office, which is located at 189-191 Parrock Street, in Gravesend, Kent DA12 1EN.

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About the author Dr Rik Trivedi

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.