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Do you feel a sharp shooting pain in your teeth when eating or drinking something hot? Does the thought of biting into a cold ice cream or hard apple make you wince? Sensitive teeth are a common problem and can be a burden for many people and caused by several different things. It is always important to seek advice from a dental professional so the cause of the problem can be identified and treated.
One main cause of sensitivity is dental erosion, which is the loss of tooth enamel. Enamel is the hard outer coating of a tooth which protects the sensitive dentine and nerve endings underneath. If the enamel becomes worn away, damaged or eroded, the dentine is exposed which can lead to pain and sensitivity, often made worse by extreme temperatures.
Dental erosion can be caused by your diet, such as frequent consumption of high sugar or highly acidic foods and drinks. Other causes include brushing teeth too hard, tooth grinding in your sleep, certain medical conditions and eating disorders.
If you suffer from sensitive teeth there are several ways we can help. For top tips on protecting your tooth enamel and for effective treatment of tooth sensitivity call us today to arrange a check-up, where we can create an individualised care plan specifically for you.