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Swansea dentists for sensitive teeth treatment

If your toothache is severe, see NHS toothache advice.

Anyone can develop sensitive teeth when the soft dentine of the tooth is exposed. This is usually because the protective layer of enamel has worn away.

You might notice that hot or cold food and drinks or cold air can make the pain worse.

It’s important to keep brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. You might find it helpful to use a toothpaste specially designed for sensitive teeth.

Causes of sensitive teeth

  • Brushing too hard, or with poor technique
  • Acidic food or drink
  • Gum disease
  • Cracked tooth
  • Exposed roots from receding gums
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism), perhaps during sleep
  • Sensitivity from whitening treatments

Treating sensitive teeth

Your dentist will identify the cause of the sensitivity and offer an appropriate treatment, such as a fluoride application, and discuss proper technique.

If your teeth are sensitive due to involuntary grinding (bruxism) then you may benefit from wearing a custom moulded mouth guard / mouth splint. These fit precisely over your teeth to protect them at night, and are made of harder plastic than sports guards.

You may find that your tooth clenching or grinding is caused by stress, in which case you may find this resource from mental health charity Mind useful: how to manage stress.