Katoomba Dental Centre

Combating Tooth Sensitivity

June 30, 2020
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Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

Tooth sensitivity can be frustrating, especially when you want to enjoy a cold beverage or indulge in a favourite snack. At Katoomba Dental Centre, we understand your frustration. The good news is that you and your dentist can take measures to remedy the situation.

When it comes to tooth sensitivity, there are a variety of causes, but the most common culprits include the following.

Overzealous Tooth Brushing

Your dentist in Katoomba can give you a refresher on proper teeth brushing if you are brushing too hard. When you overbrush or use a toothbrush with stiff bristles, you can damage your enamel, which can lead to tooth sensitivity.

Bruxism

Some people grind and clench their teeth, specifically when sleeping. If left untreated, this condition can lead to tooth sensitivity, cavities and even tooth breakage.  

Using Strong Products

You may be overindulging in the mouth rinse or using the wrong shop-bought whitening paste to lighten your smile. These products can be very hard on teeth when not used correctly or if the ingredients are not right for your oral health profile.

Tooth Cavity

Dental cavities start small and cannot always be seen with the naked eye. When a cavity is left untreated, it may cause sensitivity.

Root Infection

In some cases, a root infection requiring root canal therapy is necessary to combat ongoing and increased tooth sensitivity.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

It is crucial to visit your Katoomba dentist regularly for dental exams and teeth cleans. Your dentist can uncover the reason or reasons for your tooth sensitivity and treat or advise accordingly. And your dental cleaning may help prevent enamel damage, cavities, and root infections that can lead to tooth sensitivity.

Are You Ready to Arrange Your Next Check-Up?

If you have tooth sensitivity, or if it is time for your routine exam and teeth clean, we encourage your call.  

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In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, we are operating at Level 1 restrictions. We can continue seeing patients for all routine treatments, including checkups and cleans. We will continue to screen patients before seeing our dentists, and any patient that is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us.