One in five Irish people suffering from tooth sensitivity

One in five Irish people suffering from tooth sensitivity

(20 Aug 2012)

The Irish Dental Association has urged patients who suffer from tooth sensitivity not to over-brush their teeth.

It’s estimated one in five Irish people suffer from sensitive teeth and the number is thought to be rising.

Symptoms include discomfort after eating cold food, drinking cold liquids or even breathing cold air.

Sensitivity pain occurs when the enamel which protects teeth is worn away and the inner substance of the tooth – dentine – becomes exposed.

While over-brushing or brushing teeth with too much force is viewed as the main cause, the condition can also be caused by eating acidic food, gum disease/recession and tooth whitening.

Anyone can suffer from the condition but it mainly affects those between the ages of 20 and 40.

Dublin based dentist Dr Ray McCarthy said the most common cause of tooth sensitivity is gum recession, often due to vigorous or heavy handed brushing.

“Our gums are like blankets which protect the roots of the teeth. If this protective layer is worn away the roots which are linked directly to the nerve become exposed and painful. However if patients suffering from the condition follow an effective but safe oral hygiene routine, the sensitivity can be cleared in a matter of weeks” he said.

Dr McCarthy, who’s also a clinical tutor at the Dublin Dental Hospital, advised patients suffering from tooth sensitivity to:

  • Set aside 2 to 3 minutes twice a day to properly brush and floss all tooth surfaces
  • Reduce pressure while brushing and use a soft or medium bristled tooth brush
  • Not brush their teeth for one hour after consuming acidic drinks or foodstuffs
  • Use less abrasive or desensitising toothpastes, or mouth-rinses on the advice of your dentist
  • Consult your dentist if symptoms persist

For Further Information

Contact Kieran Garry
Gordon MRM
01/6650455 or 087/2368366