Sensitivity is a common issue, one in eight adults suffer with sensitivity!
Sensitivity is caused by gum recession where the gum has receded and now the roots of the teeth are exposed. Recession often occurs because patients are brushing their teeth incorrectly as brushing too hard leads to gum recession. Sensitivity can also be caused by having weakened enamel, this happens when your diet is full of sugars and acids. The sugars and acids attack your teeth’s enamel causing them to be less strong and cause the nerve endings to be exposed.
Your dentist and therapist will recommend that you use a sensitive toothpaste such as Colgate sensitive or one from the Sensodyne range. The toothpastes contain potassium citrate which help to sooth the nerve endings which provides relief from the sensitivity. After approximately 3 weeks of using a sensitive toothpaste you will notice a difference as a protective layer will build up. We recommend that you keep using the same type of toothpaste as each brand works in slightly different ways.
We also recommend that you get an electric toothbrush that has a pressure sensor on it as this will tell you when you are brushing your gums too hard which will help prevent recession.
For quick relief we also suggest that you get a blob of toothpaste onto your finger and rub it onto the affected area, make sure not to rinse after doing this as the toothpaste you have just put on will wash off!