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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Tooth Sensitivity

Posted: June 14th, 2021

Do you shudder at the thought of crunching an ice cube? Do you avoid eating soup because it hurts your teeth? While pain caused by hot or cold foods could be a symptom of a cavity, it’s more likely that you’re one of many people who suffer from sensitive teeth.

Having tooth sensitivity, also known as “dentin hypersensitivity,” means you experience pain or discomfort in the teeth as they react to certain triggers, such as hot or cold foods and drinks.

Tooth sensitivity is different for everyone. For some it can be temporary, but for others it becomes a chronic problem. It can affect one tooth, a few teeth, or every one of a person’s teeth. While there are a few reasons people develop sensitive teeth, most of the time the problem can be treated quite easily by changing your oral hygiene routine.

What causes sensitive teeth?
Every person is built differently, and some of us are born with thicker enamel on our teeth than others. Tooth enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that protects the nerves of the teeth from exposure to extreme temperatures. People with thicker enamel typically feel more sensitivity in their teeth than those with thinner enamel. The thickness of your tooth enamel can change over time. Tooth enamel can be word down from:

  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Brushing with a hard toothbrush (choose soft bristles)
  • Nighttime tooth grinding
  • Consuming too many acidic foods and drinks
  • Conditions like Gastroesophageal Reflux, or GERD (acid coming up from the
  • stomach and esophagus)
  • Gastroparesis and bulimia (from excessive vomiting)
  • Recessive gumlines which leave the tooth exposed

What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Over the counter dental treatments like toothpaste that’s specifically made for sensitive teeth are enough to treat many cases of sensitive teeth. It’s also important to brush using a toothbrush with soft bristles and be sure to brush gently.

These remedies won’t work overnight, but if you stick to them you should notice a difference in about a week.

If home treatments don’t work, call the team at Dental Works on Cornwall. Our team will assess your condition and work with you to develop a treatment plan unique to your situation.

Did you know that there is a new way to straighten your teeth without braces?

Posted: December 4th, 2018

Introducing Invisalign…a new and more comfortable way to achieve a beautiful smile.

Until recently, orthodontic treatment was focused mainly on teenagers and the preferred method was metal braces. Thanks to Invisalign, orthodontic treatment has become easier, more comfortable and accepted by more and more adults seeking a straighter smile.

Here’s how it works! Upon an initial consultation, we decide if Invisalign is right for you. We then formulate a treatment plan, make an impression of your teeth and using the latest technology, Invisalign is made to fit snuggly over teeth and gently move them through every stage of your treatment plan.

With no more metal braces and usually a shorter treatment time, Invisalign truly is something to smile about.

What is the potential of today’s cosmetic dentistry?

Posted: December 4th, 2018

You may have heard a lot about cosmetic dentistry, and for good reason. Cosmetic dentistry holds the promise of a brighter, more attractive smile.

Restoring the beauty of your smile through cosmetic treatments can do wonders for your sense of confidence. With these treatments you can improve the colour of your teeth, repair chips and cracks, and cover dark stains. Crowded and crooked teeth, which are more prone to decay, can be straightened with treatments like Invisalign, clear braces that are hardly noticeable but very effective at improving the alignment of your teeth.

Today’s cosmetic dentistry is suited to busy lifestyles. Treatments are also less invasive and less painful than those used even a few years ago.

If you have any questions about the appearance of your smile and the possibilities offered by cosmetic dentistry, speak to us today.