Sensitive Teeth

Desensitise Your Teeth

It is estimated that about 40% of the population suffers from sensitive, painful teeth. Tooth sensitivity is usually noticed as a short, sharp pain after eating cold food, drinking cold liquids, or breathing cold air.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is when the underlying tooth root becomes exposed – usually because the gums which normally protect this area have receded.
The tooth roots contain small pores called tubules which lead directly to the tooth nerve. When the tubules are exposed, it can result in pain caused by normal activities like eating and drinking cold and hot foods.

Gums recede due to:

  • Poor oral hygiene. This leads to plaque build-up around the teeth and gums. Bacteria thrive in this environment, leading to gum infections like gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is responsible for causing bone loss, which then leads the gums to recede away.
  • Incorrect brushing of the teeth. Too many people brush their teeth with hard pressure, or use hard bristle brushes. Over time this damages the gum tissue to the point where the tubules become exposed and sensitivity becomes a problem.

Treatment

Clinical studies have found laser therapy to be an effective, long-term solution for treating teeth sensitivity. Using a certain type of laser energy on the tooth can suppress the painful nerve activity by eliminating the tubules.

This can effectively stop the nerves from triggering the pain response caused by hot and cold foods, allowing you to enjoy foods and drink painlessly.

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