Sensitive Teeth?

Be More Comfortable When Cleaning Your Teeth

Having sensitive teeth can be an uncomfortable experience. It can take away the pleasures of a nice hot drink on a cold day or a freezing cold ice cream in the summer heat. The discomfort felt when eating or drinking these things makes it simply not worth it for most people.

Whilst patients may adjust their diet to avoid this type of pain, it is also quite possible that they do not clean their teeth as well as they should, due to the sensitivity caused when doing so. This is likely to mean that the symptoms become worse, rather than better, and other dental issues may also arise.

At Mike Allen’s Dental Practice, we believe in preventative dentistry, and offer below, some suggestions on how to clean your teeth if they are sensitive.

Water temperature

Most of us use cold water to clean our teeth. This also helps to refresh the mouth, and for most people, this is perfectly fine. If your teeth are sensitive, this may cause some discomfort and, when your teeth are feeling particularly vulnerable, you may decide to not even clean them at all.

The reality is that there is no need to use cold water. Any temperature will do, except for hot water which will have a similar effect. If you have sensitive teeth, try using slightly warmer water to brush your teeth. You may need to experiment to find the right temperature, but once you have done so, you will be able to clean your teeth more comfortably.

Electric toothbrush

Burton patients who have sensitive teeth and use a manual toothbrush, may also wish to consider swapping to an electric one. Many of the better quality electric toothbrushes now have a pressure sensor built in and this allows it to cut out when you are pressing too hard. Not only will this help to reduce discomfort, but also helps to protect the remaining enamel on your teeth.

Stopping the sensitivity

Patients usually experience this type of discomfort when the enamel of their teeth has been damaged. Whilst some of this may be corrected using a filling or similar treatment; if the enamel has eroded from the front surface of your teeth; for example by years of excessive pressure when brushing, this can sometimes be restored using dental veneers to replace the damaged enamel.

Porcelain veneers can be applied only after the teeth are fully developed and is not an appropriate treatment for children. For adults though, dental veneers not only give you a great looking smile, but can mean that you need never have to worry about hot or cold food and drinks again.

There are also certain specialist toothpastes available which are known to work well to help reduce sensitivity when used regularly. Please ask us about this on your next visit.

If you have sensitive teeth, you should have this investigated by one of our experienced Burton dentists. We are able to offer advice and treatment that can help free you from the discomfort of sensitive teeth.

You can contact Mike Allen’s Dental Practice on 01283 845345.