Smoothies and ice cream are delicious ways to reward yourself after a long day at work. One in eight Americans have teeth sensitive to cold.
Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem everyone can develop due to unhealthy habits or another condition or treatment, such as gum disease.
Cold air causes tooth sensitivity by drying out teeth.
Dentin is the sensitive soft layer next to tooth enamel, covering the tooth pulp where your nerves and blood vessels are. You’ll feel tooth sensitivity when exposed due to weak tooth enamel. Common causes of tooth sensitivity include:
Untreated tooth decay
Tooth decay is caused by an imbalance between the acid produced by bacteria in the mouth and the alkalinity of saliva. When the pH level of your mouth drops below 5.5, the bacteria start making acids that attack the teeth and cause cavities. To prevent tooth decay, brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss once daily. You may also consider visiting our dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
Aggressive brushing and use of a toothpick
While brushing and flossing are good habits to keep. Your brushing technique should be the next crucial step! Aggressive brushing using a hard-bristled toothbrush can scratch the surface of your teeth’s enamel. Bacteria will then grab the opportunity to break down your sensitive teeth and cause sensitive teeth and tooth decay.
Toothpicks help remove food debris from between teeth. However, if you use them frequently, they may damage your teeth. Dental floss is recommended by dentists because it doesn’t scratch your teeth and won’t harm their enamel.
Bruxism or teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is one way we respond to stress. Most people grind their teeth occasionally, but some suffer from bruxism, which is when they grind their teeth for long periods.
If you clench your teeth, they become worn away and expose your tooth enamel, leading to teeth sensitivity.
Cracked or chipped tooth
Cracked or chipped teeth can be caused by an accident or injuries to your mouth. If you use your teeth as a hammer, they can chip or crack. Also, if you bite down too hard, you could cause damage to your teeth. Bacteria can get into the cracks on your teeth and cause infections.
Exposed tooth root
The tooth root is located beneath the gums, just below the surface. It contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. It also protects the teeth from damage caused by food particles. In case of severe damage, the tooth root can get exposed. This condition results in tooth sensitivity.
Gum recession, teeth-gritting, and smoking are the leading causes of exposed root surfaces.
Hydrogen peroxide is highly effective at removing stains but may leave your teeth sensitive for several days after treatment. Whitening products contain ingredients that strip away some of the minerals in your tooth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to damage.
However, by consuming fluoridated water and food and beverages, the fluoride in your teeth is replenished quickly.
How Eastern Slope Dental Care can help
Tooth sensitivity isn’t fun for anyone, but if you’re experiencing it, we offer dental treatments that can help relieve the discomfort. Our team offers:
- Tooth fillings
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental bonding
- Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth
Schedule an appointment today to improve your oral hygiene. It isn’t just about having a healthy smile; it’s also about enjoying tasty foods and drinking delicious beverages.