If you avoid eating cold foods or drinking hot beverages because your teeth are sensitive, it may be time to get to the bottom of this painful condition.
If hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air makes your teeth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are very common and are thought to affect 1 in every 2 people.
Sensitive teeth normally occur when the dentin of a tooth becomes exposed. This may be caused by receding gums, toothbrush abrasion or a highly acidic diet. You can reduce your risk of developing sensitive teeth by keeping your mouth as healthy as possible, with a good oral hygiene routine and a balanced diet.
Treatment of sensitive teeth
There are a number of treatments available and these include:
- Using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
- Using a fluoride gel or rinse to strengthen teeth
- Applying a fluoride varnish
- Placing fillings on areas where the dentin has become exposed to reduce sensitivity
Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best possible treatment to meet your needs.