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DENTAL CLINIC: SENSITIVE TEETH.

HAT IS IT?

When the protective layer of the tooth, called the enamel, is worn out due to decay or other causes, the dentine is exposed. Unlike the enamel, the dentine is a living tissue, which means it contains nerve and blood supply. When dentine is exposed, any cold/hot or sugary fluids can trigger a shooting pain in that tooth which lasts for a few seconds then goes away.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

-Sharp pain on hot, cold, acidic or sugary drinks

-Sometimes cold air

-Sometimes throbbing

-Unable to eat without discomfort

HOW DO YOU TREAT IT?

-The dentist may start with a conservative option and apply a varnish with a high concentration of fluoride.

-Emoflour gel is readily found in pharmacies that can be applied at night on the sensitive area.

-Sensodyne mouthwash and Sensodyne toothpastes

-Improving oral hygiene and changing the way you brush may make a big difference.

-In severe cases, a filling, veneer or a crown may be indicated.

WHO IS AT RISK OF THIS?

-People who have a high acidic diet eg vegetarians

-People with poor oral hygiene

-People who brush with a hard toothbrush and over do it by brushing more than twice

-People who grind their teeth; the teeth become worn off

-People who have erosion of teeth

For more information on this topic, email your queries to Dr Laila at health@apexmedia.co.om

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