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When You Feel the Chill in Your Teeth

by Shubhi Gupta Sensodyne : Healthy Dental Tips

On a hot sultry day, there’s nothing more comforting than an ice cream or a tall glass of cold water but this could lead to a not so pleasant experience if your teeth are sensitive. Affecting millions of people around the world, cold tooth sensitivity isn’t uncommon but can worsen if left untreated.

Symptoms and Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Most people experience sudden discomfort after they have eaten or drank something cold. While the degree may vary between mild and severe, the sharp sensations occur suddenly. Tooth sensitivity can also be felt while brushing or flossing which can over a period of time lead to cavities and gum diseases. A visit to the dentist can help you find out the underlying cause and confirm if it is a minor or serious dental problem. Cold tooth sensitivity can be brought on by vigorous brushing with a hard-bristled brush. This forceful brushing can gradually cause the outer protective layer of the tooth leaving the dentin exposed. Once this happens, any exposure to something cold can cause a sharp sensation and irritate the nerves. Acidic foods such as oranges, lemons, kiwi or grapefruit can also bring on some degree of tooth sensitivity. Whitening products that can make your teeth brighter can bring on discomfort and sensitivity to those who react to some of the chemicals present in them. Alcohol based mouthwashes can also wear down the enamel after repeated use. It is important to regularly remove plaque through brushing, flossing and cleaning. Failure to do so can facilitate the buildup of plaque leading to gum infection and inflammation. This damage to the gum tissue can cause it to recede exposing the nerve endings. Night time grinding of teeth or bruxism can also lead to sudden sensitivity whenever you drink something cold and so can a dental filing that is worn out or an untreated cavity.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

While cold tooth sensitivity is common, it is also treatable. Various options are available to reduce or eliminate the sensations depending on the causes. Dentists may recommend the use of a strong fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash in order to strengthen the enamel. Additionally they may also ask that you follow certain dietary changes that will require avoiding acidic foods. You will advised to eat foods that will balance the pH levels in your mouth. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush gently. Massage your gums daily and use toothpastes that specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. Use a mouth guard if you are prone to grinding your teeth while sleeping. This will prevent your enamel from wearing down and also reduce headaches, a stiff jaw and discomfort on the face. If the nerve ending do get exposed, the dentist may recommend applying a special resin to protect and cover them and stop any tooth sensitivity. For those who have severe cases of gum disease or recession of the gums, a gum graft may help to alleviate the symptoms.

With the help of certain treatments and procedures as well as lifestyle changes for cold tooth sensitivity, you can be sure of enjoying your favorite ice cream minus the discomfort.

 


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