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Top 3 Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

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If it hurts to brush your teeth, eat or drink, then you need to take steps to address that sharp pain you experience. There are a variety of reasons why your teeth may be sensitive, it could be exposed tooth roots, worn enamel, or there could be other factors at play. Whatever the cause, it’s a painful problem that needs a solution. 

Top 3 Reasons For Sensitive Teeth 

Your gum sensitivity could be down to brushing or flossing too hard, and if that’s the case you probably notice it most at those points. Sometimes tooth sensitivity comes down to braces or dentures. This is temporary and tends to resolve itself once your mouth adjusts to the change. There are also bigger causes, and some of them suggest bigger issues. 

Gum Disease

One of the major causes of tooth sensitivity is gum disease. Gum disease affects the tissue holding your teeth in place because it’s gum inflammation. It most commonly occurs due to poor dental hygiene, when plaque accumulates due to poor or little brushing. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and the signs include painful, swollen gums. They may bleed easily during brushing or flossing. If gum disease isn’t addressed at this stage, it can escalate to periodontitis, which is when plaque starts to spread below the gum line triggering an aggressive inflammatory response. This can lead to tooth loss if the gum is allowed to separate from the teeth.  

Everyone knows smoking is bad for their lungs, and they recognise it can cause tooth discolouration – but smoking can impact your oral health in other ways. It can damage the gums, triggering gum disease that causes gum sensitivity. 


Uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes can have a dangerous impact on your oral health. It can cause too much sugar in your saliva, which contributes to bacteria and plaque growth. And if this plaque is not dealt with it can result in gum disease. 


This covers a wide variety of oral issues. Infections, mouth ulcers, and canker sores can cause irritation, soreness, and sensitivity in the gums. Canker sores can be a result of stress, acidic food, vitamin deficiencies, and autoimmune disease. And the term oral infection encompasses herpes and oral thrush. The typical symptoms of both include painful gum lesions.

What You Can Do About Sensitive Teeth 

The first step to addressing sensitive teeth is to ensure you are taking proper care of your teeth, which means brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re a jaw clench-er or teeth grinder, try a mouth guard. Grinding can cause fractures, which leads to sensitivity. 

You should also consider your diet – carbonated beverages, acidic foods, wine, and citrus can all damage your tooth enamel over time. You can use a straw to reduce contact with your teeth if you’re drinking a carbonated or acidic beverage. And you should drink a glass of water after the fact to balance your oral acid levels. 

When To See Your Dentist 

If you have persistent tooth sensitivity, you should visit the dentist to discuss the potential causes. You may have an underlying issue that only a dentist can resolve. 

If you are concerned about your dental health, contact Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic and book an appointment with a dental hygienist or an emergency dentist. We offer a wide variety of services, as well as AfterPay Dental. If you’re looking for a reliable, affordable Camden Dentist, look no further than Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic. We’ll be happy to discuss your dental issues, and answer any questions you have about treatment, whether you’re interested in dental veneers or enquiring about the cost of dental implants.


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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we offer two types of denture, complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all your natural teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when some natural teeth remain. If you are having extractions, we can also provide you with an immediate denture. This is often an interim denture so you can avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth.

A denture usually lasts between five and seven years. Time and natural changes in the mouth will affect the fit and wear patterns of your denture. If your denture is worn and doesn’t fit as well as it used to, it may require a repair or reline. Having your denture checked every two years will help to ensure a proper fit and by following your denture care instructions, you’ll extend the life of your replacement teeth. 

Dentures don’t last forever. Dentures usually last between 5 to 7 years and need to be relined every 1 to 2 years. Over time dentures become worn and don’t fit as well, so it’s important to reline them regularly. The better you follow your denture care instructions, the longer your replacement teeth will last. 

It is advised that you visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This will help to prevent any major oral health issues from occurring. However, if you have bad breath, bleeding gums, discoloured teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, tooth or jaw pain it is advised to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

At Aesthetic Dental and Denture Clinic, we know attending the dentist can be difficult for nervous and anxious patients. We offer a number of options to help make your next visit as calm and stress-free as possible. Contact us today and a friendly dental technician will be able to give you all the options available. 

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