If your teeth chatter in cold weather, throb in the heat, or hurt when you take a sip of a cold or hot beverage, you’re not alone. Hot and cold temperatures can trigger pain in our teeth if our teeth are sensitive. So you may be wondering, how does sensitivity start and how can I combat it? Read on to find out!
What Is Tooth Sensitivity?
Temperatures themselves don’t cause the sensitivity, but you can develop sensitivity for a variety of reasons, including:
- Decay — Cavities and tooth decay can cause tooth pain and sensitivity as they eat away your tooth’s outer layers.
- Drinking Alcoholic Beverages & Using Mouthwash with Alcohol — Alcohol wears down tooth enamel and exposes the more sensitive parts of your teeth.
- Trauma, Grinding, or Dental Work — If you grind your teeth, your teeth are likely sensitive due to enamel erosion. And a cracked tooth can allow bacteria to infiltrate and infect the sensitive inner pulp of your tooth.
- Gum Disease — When gums separate from your teeth due to gum inflammation and plaque buildup, the most vulnerable areas of your teeth are exposed and are therefore more likely to feel sensitive.
- Brushing Too Hard — Brushing your teeth too hard can cause cuts on your gums and enamel erosion, which can make your teeth feel more sensitive.
How Can I Relieve My Tooth Sensitivity?
As soon as you can figure out what exactly is causing your tooth sensitivity, you and our expert dentists can develop a specific action plan to combat it. For example, if you have gum disease or decay, you must seek treatment right away in order to prevent future tooth loss, but if your teeth are sensitive because of the mouthwash you use or because you’re brushing too vigorously, you just need to make a few simple changes in order to feel better again. We can offer alcohol-free mouthwash recommendations and demonstrate proper brushing technique. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, we can also restore your smile to full function.
Your Oral Comfort Is Our Priority!
Tooth sensitivity can be indicative of a more serious issue, so it is always important to come see us right away if you’re feeling any pain when your teeth are exposed to extreme temperatures. Our team here at McNeely Family Dentistry is committed to helping you have a healthy smile, and look forward to developing a plan to eradicate your tooth sensitivity. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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