Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem, which occurs when the enamel becomes worn. The enamel is the hard protective surface on the outside of the tooth. Although enamel is very strong, is can be damaged through injury or acid erosion, which is often the result of a sugary diet and frequent consumption of acidic drinks, such as fruit juice and wine. Once the enamel is worn, the dentin, which lies underneath, becomes exposed and this causes sensitivity. The dentin contains the nerves, which is why you feel pain when you drink or eat something hot or cold.
Good oral hygiene is an effective way of preventing sensitivity, but your diet is also really important. Eating sugary foods and drinking acidic, fizzy drinks and energy drinks leads to enamel wear and this contributes to tooth pain.
For patients with sensitivity, we recommend maintaining a good oral hygiene regime at home and attending regular dentist and dental hygienist appointments. Using sensitive toothpaste will also help. Sensitive toothpastes are designed to alleviate pain caused by sensitivity, as well as helping to protect the teeth.
If you have persistent sensitivity, it’s a good idea to arrange to come and see your City Dental dentist, as this could be a sign of tooth decay and you may need a filling.
If you have any questions about how your diet affects your oral health or you would like advice about healthy eating, our friendly dental team can help.