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25th May 2019

Advice from your dentist on sensitive teeth

Do you have sensitive teeth? You wouldn’t be alone in this admission, ever, because millions of people have sensitive teeth. They do need some special care and attention being paid to them, especially because they may signify an underlying dental condition. We’re going to give you some of our best dentist advice on preventing sensitive teeth and what to do if you think you’re experiencing them.

Sensitive teeth after sleep

Waking up with sensitive teeth is very common, but it is indicator of a health problem that could be managed. If you’re waking up with sensitive and achy teeth, you might be clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep. This can happen during periods of stress, unrest, or just out of habit. Because your lower jaw is essentially a hinge, the tension created by clenching and grinding can travel to your temples, neck, and shoulders. Your dentist wants to warn you that teeth grinding, whilst creating sensitive teeth, can create significant wear and tear too. It can wear down your surfaces, blunt your teeth, and wear away the protective enamel. If you think you’re experiencing teeth grinding, speak to your dentist and we may be able to help.


Sensitive teeth to temperatures

If drinking a hot drink or enjoying a cold snack like an ice lolly or yoghurt sends little shivers through your teeth, you might have weakened enamel. Your enamel could’ve been weakened through inattentive home cleaning. Your enamel is the protective layer of your teeth that stops bacteria from reaching the lower and more sensitive layers, like the dentin. When you allow plaque to build up on your teeth, the bacteria eat away at the enamel and reveals lower layers of teeth, which is how cavities and decay can form. We’re only usually made aware of this when we have something cold or hot, because this is when we’re made acutely aware of it through pain or discomfort!


With enamel erosion, you might also notice that your teeth are becoming yellower. This isn’t actually the case, but rather than your weakened enamel is revealing the naturally yellow dentin beneath it. This is another reason to keep your enamel strong and healthy – so you can enjoy whiter teeth.


Visit your dentist for sensitive teeth advice

Sensitive teeth are very common, but there are plenty of home care products and professional treatments with your dentist that can help lessen your enamel erosion. Your dentist will happily work with you to build your enamel back into the protective barrier it should be. Visit your dentist in Nottingham at Beeston Dental Practice and book your initial appointment on 0115 9254 169 today.