Tooth sensitivity develops when enamel wears away, exposing the softer layer of tissue beneath (dentin) which transmits pain to the nerves. Damaged enamel can be caused by gum disease, a cracked tooth, grinding, loose fillings or cavities. Hot or cold food/drink and breathing in cold air can all trigger dental pain. Fortunately, there are several ways you can reduce sensitivity and turn that wince into a smile!

Key takeaways:

– Switching to a toothbrush with softer bristles and a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth can reduce pain.

– Protect your enamel by brushing gently and avoiding acidic foods as much as possible.

– It is important to consult your dentist to establish the root cause of the sensitivity so they can recommend. the most effective solution.

“Your treatment will be unique based on what’s causing your tooth sensitivity. Your dentist can help you discover what the problem is and how to treat it.

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.