Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods may mean dental enamel has eroded enough to allow exposure of hollow canals leading to dental nerves. It could also mean gum disease (gingivitis) has pulled gums away from tooth roots to expose nerves to temperature changes.
Comprised of microscopic tubules extending into a tooth’s pulp, a tooth’s nerves are irritated when they are exposed to extremely sweet, cold or hot foods. These tubules are normally protected by healthy gums and dental enamel. However, tooth decay and gum disease can expose them and cause severe pain similar to cavity pain.
What Can You Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?
What Kind of Toothbrush Do You Use?
Avoid brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Stiff bristles and hard brushing will erode enamel and may irritate gums.
Do you grind your teeth during sleep? If so, bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause serious dental erosion as well as chip or crack your teeth. Visit Dr. Orobitg to be fitted with a dental appliance that can prevent upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other.
Over-the-counter teeth whiteners and whitening toothpaste contain harsh ingredients detrimental to your dental enamel health. Dentists provide whitening treatments that whiten teeth without eroding dental enamel.
Alcohol in Mouthwashes
Avoid using mouthwashes or rinses containing alcohol. Although alcohol kills some oral bacteria, it also promotes mouth dryness. A chronically dry mouth contributes to bacterial growth, tooth decay, and gum disease.
See Your Dentist Regularly for Cleanings and Check-Ups
The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to visit Dr. Orobitg every six months for a complete cleaning and examination. Preventive dental care will not only keep you from wincing when you drink an ice-cold milkshake or pop something hot in your mouth but will also reduce your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and possible tooth loss.
If you can’t eat comfortably without feeling severe pain caused by teeth sensitivity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Orobitg today for a dental examination to determine what is causing your tooth sensitivity.