Having teeth sensitivity to extreme temperatures can be painful and bothersome. You can't enjoy things like ice cream (in moderation, of course) and be opening your mouth while outside on a cold winter day can send a stabbing pain directly to the nerves of your teeth. It is essential to understand the underlying reason for the sensitivity to treat it adequately.
Why Some People Have Sensitive Teeth
Teeth sensitivity is a standard dental complain, and its side effects can range from discomfort to unbearable pain when coming in contact with cold (or hot) foods or temperatures. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, as of 2018, 40 million adults in the United States suffer from tooth sensitivity.
It is unclear why some people are more sensitive than others, but in general, those with conditions that affect the structure of the enamel will be more susceptible to extreme temperatures. In healthy teeth, the enamel acts as a barrier that protects the inner layers and nerve centers located in the root, called the dentin. If the enamel is weak from a crack or chip, a cold drink can result in feeling that sharp, stabbing pain momentarily. The good news is that the pain is temporary, but it is essential to determine why you are feeling pain.
Reasons for Teeth Sensitivity
There are many reasons for tooth sensitivity including:
Cracked or chipped teeth
Bruxism which is the clenching or grinding of teeth
Brushing too hard
How to Relieve Teeth Sensitivity
There are some treatments available for sensitive teeth, but unless the underlying cause is identified and corrected, you will still be susceptible to hot or cold temperatures. Some things you can do to help with sensitivity are:
Use sensitive teeth toothpaste
Use light pressure when brushing
Use a very soft-bristled toothbrush
Get fluoride treatments more often
Use a mouthguard at night
Let us know if you have tooth sensitivity to the cold and we will determine the best treatment for you.
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