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You don’t have to live with sensitive teeth

 

Can’t enjoy ice creams in this sizzling summer weather? Have pain from sensitive teeth? You don’t have to live with it. There are products  and treatments available for it, It’s just finding the right product which the condition will respond to and work for you. You might have to try more than one to find your desensitising buddy.

Like any problem, you can only find a solution if you know what’s causing it. Intact enamel protects the underlying sensitive part of the tooth called dentine and if it is breached or thinned will cause sensitivity. It could be due to many reasons, the main ones to name a few are

  • Leaky fillings
  • Gum recession
  • Fractured teeth
  • Micro cracks in enamel
  • Worn down teeth exposing dentine
  • Prolonged teeth whitening

Certain acidic beverages can strip the enamel off your teeth and lead to sensitivity, same with over zealous brushing and clenching and grinding.If you have tried desensitising toothpastes which have not worked for you then you then it is time to ask your dentist or hygienist to do a thorough assessment and find the root cause. Any leaky filings will have to be replaced but if the sensitivity is coming from the other reasons mentioned then it’s time to explore the market. The following products are recommended:

Tooth pastes:

Sensodyne Repair and protect

Colgate sensitive pro-relief

Duraphat

Biomin

Mouth washes:

Sensodyne

Colgate sensitive pro-relief

Duraphat

Fluoriguard

Products applied by your dentist

GC tooth mousse (ACP)

Phillips ACP relief gel

Flouride pastes and varnishes

Gluma desensitiser

Seal and protect

Sensitisivity due to teeth whitening products is normally transient and vanishes once the treatment is over but if you have used products from the internet or people who are carrying out the treatment without qualifications you might be in trouble.

Some of the above mentioned products are available from your local pharmacy and super markets in the dental section but some are not available over the counter and will have to be applied or provided by a health care professional. In some cases custom made application trays will be provided to help the material stay on your teeth for longer, giving it more time to soak into the tooth structure and is the only way to manage the sensitivity. The trays are pretty much similar to the ones used for teeth whitening. So once the sensitivity is over you can progress onto a course of teeth whitening and kill two birds with one stone! And don’t forget to ask for a discount!

 

Any further questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch for free advice.

Keep smiling!

Love and care

Dr Aisha Ahmed

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