Knowing the Difference between Sensitive Gums and Sensitive Teeth

3 April,2018

Knowing the Difference between Sensitive Gums and Sensitive Teeth

Without a second thought, we use our gums and teeth every single day. They play a vital role in the overall function of the mouth and, whilst these are taken for granted, are only truly thought about when pain strikes.

Whether you are noticing sensitivity in the gums or the teeth, it can be a massive discomfort to ignore. Although they are similar in feel, there is a difference in what they could be saying about your dental health.

Tooth Sensitivity

Noticed mainly when eating something sweet, in major temperature changes or through brushing, tooth sensitivity can be uncomfortable and disruptive for an individual. The sensitivity has a number of dental causes, which are similar to gum pain. These include tooth fractures and cavities, worn enamel, receding gums, loose fillings, exposed dentin and can also contribute to gum disease. Although, sensitivity can also be caused by grinding the teeth, overuse of mouthwash, or brushing with too much force.

Gum Sensitivity 

The irritation of the gums can be identified in a number of ways, and an indicator for some interesting dental diseases. Gum disease can stem from gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. This is characterised by swollen, tender and sensitive gums that may be prone to bleeding and make your breath smell bad. Gingivitis, when not taken care of, can progress into gum disease. The main cause of gum sensitivity is poor oral hygiene methods. Plaque build up plays a vital part in the deterioration of the gums and can also play into the progression of gum disease.

Apart from poor oral hygiene, gum sensitivity can also be brought on by tobacco use, diabetes, pregnancy and crooked teeth.

Treatment Methods and Prevention Tactics 

If you ignore the gum and tooth sensitivity that you are experiencing, you could be leaving the door open for more serious issues to present themselves. In early stages, these problems can be easily prevented and treated through the maintenance of a good dental hygiene routine. Try some toothpastes on the market that are specialised towards oral sensitivities. Alternatively, upon a check up with your dentist, it may be decided to take a more extensive approach such as bonding, gum grafting or a root canal if necessary.

The dentists at Dental on Clarendon will work with you to identify and solve your dental issues! Get in touch today.