Teeth sensitivity can occur for several reasons, including:
- Gum recession
- Toothbrush abrasions
- Fracture lines in the enamel
- Acidity / Diet
Recession can be a result of the gum migrating up/down the tooth caused by gum disease or vigorous brushing.
Two simple ways to prevent gum recession are:
- To reduce recession, use a soft bristled toothbrush and a less abrasive toothpaste, brushing in a light circular action angling the bristles of the toothbrush into the gums rather than hard back and forth action. For best results, d-spa recommends using an electrical toothbrush.
- To reduce sensitivity, use a toothpaste specially designed to gently combat teeth sensitivity. For very sensitive teeth, place a pea sized drop of toothpaste on the tip of your finger and rub over the area of recession, leaving the toothpaste to dissipate on its own accord. Leaving the paste in contact with the tooth for a longer period of time will encourage the paste to work more effectively.
Toothbrush Abrasions are caused by vigorous brushing that simultaneously wears the gum away, along with the ridges in the tooth, resulting in exposed sensitive tubules.
The abrasions may require:
- A special tooth colour covering to repair the scrubbed tooth and effectively replacing the enamel destroyed by vigorous brushing.
- Changing the technique of brushing (switching to an electric toothbrush)
- Use of a sensitive type toothpaste