My Teeth are sensitive- what can I do?
Posted on 13th April 2020 at 13:23
If you are experiencing sensitivity when you take a hot or cold food/drink and the sensitivity is limited to that time or for about 15 minutes afterwards then usually this is something that can be controlled with the use of a desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne.
We recommend you not only brush with the toothpaste but apply some to the affected area two to three times a day and leave it on. Do not rinse your mouth with water afterwards. It is especially effective if you do this before you go to sleep at night. It may take some weeks for the sensitivity to improve and in the mean time you should avoid extremely cold or hot food and drink.
Paracetamol and or ibuprofen maybe used for pain relief. Please only use these medications if you know it is safe to do so considering your health and any current medication. If you are unsure please contact us on 01246 230230
500mg x2 paracetamol every 4-6 hours, do not exceed the dose.
Alternatively 400mg ibuprofen every 4-6 hours, again, do not exceed the dose.
Please note recent guidance suggests those patients confirmed with Covid 19 or those displaying symptoms should avoid taking ibuprofen.
If you are experiencing pain which you cannot control with painkillers please telephone the practice on 01246 230230 where you will be directed to the on call emergency dentist for further advice.
Most people experience this type of sensitivity at some time or another and the most usual cause is if there has been some gum recession around the tooth causing the dentine on the root surface to be exposed. You should discuss with your dentist possible treatment options and ways to minimise recession at your next routine appointment.
Avoid foods of extreme temperature and if possible avoid eating hard or chewy food in this area.
If you are experiencing pain which you cannot control with the use of painkillers please call the practice 01246 230230 where you will be given the number of the emergency on call dentist for further advice.
Alternatively you can email on firstname.lastname@example.org
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