Tooth sensitivity that arises from hot or cold food and beverages can certainly be an annoying problem to have. The pain can be substantial and can force people to change what they enjoy eating and drinking, leading to frustration and potentially even poor nutrition. Tooth sensitivity stems from a variety of problems. Some of these problems can be treated at home and others require the care of a skilled dentist.
Patients with significantly sensitive teeth often have worn tooth enamel or exposed roots, leading to increased sensitivity when brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking. Sensitivity can also arise from cracked teeth or excessive grinding.
Watch the video below to learn what the folks at Delta Dental have to say in regards to why teeth become sensitive in the first place and what we can do to relieve and treat tooth sensitivity to hot and cold items.
“When you drink a hot beverage or eat something cold, do you feel a sharp pain? You don’t have to suffer. Let’s take a look at the causes of temperature sensitivity, as well as a few remedies. One common cause of sensitive teeth is exposed dentin, the tissue inside your tooth. The dentin is covered with a protective layer called enamel, so when the enamel decays, the tooth becomes vulnerable to pain. Gum disease occurs when the gum recedes and exposes the root of the tooth. This can lead to painful sensitivity. Brushing your teeth incorrectly may injure gums and expose tooth roots. Whitening treatments can wear down enamel and sometimes cause sensitivity. Whatever the cause, your dentist can help. She can recommend new oral care techniques and desensitizing dental products. And if decay or gum disease is the culprit, she can treat the problem.”
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