Sensitive teeth are extremely uncomfortable. Whether you have had cold sensitivity for a while or your teeth have recently begun to be more sensitive to cold, it can impact your life (and food choices). You do not have to live with tooth sensitivity; in fact, there are things you can do to lessen that sensation and even improve overall oral health.
Why Your Teeth Are Sensitive to Cold
Teeth and gums are highly sensitive. Sometimes it takes just one minor exposure to make your teeth suddenly become sensitive to cold and heat.
Just a few reasons you could be experiencing this mouth malady include:
- Brushing too hard. Tooth sensitivity can stem from brushing your teeth and gums too rigorously or when you use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Over time, brushing hard can wear down protective layers on your teeth and expose hollow tubes and canals which lead directly to the nerves. Try switching to a soft-bristled brush and put a little less elbow grease behind your brushing. It does not take a heavy hand to properly clean your teeth.
- Eating too many acidic foods. The more acidic items in your diet, the less tooth enamel. Once enamel has eroded, your nerves are exposed. Try to lighten up on foods that cause pain, such as skipping the tomato sauces, lemon juices, and acidic fruits.
- You have gum disease. Receding gums can lead to tooth sensitivity. Also, gingivitis or gum disease can leave your entire mouth sensitive to temperature changes. Your dentist in Edmonton may suggest sealing your teeth as well as treating the underlying disease to alleviate it.
- Decay or cracks in the teeth. A chipped or cracked tooth will cause more than just sensitivity; you will experience pain with pressure too. You may need an extraction or cap to correct the issue. Decayed teeth can weaken the edges of the tooth and expose nerves. Even cracked fillings can lead to sensitivity as bacteria is allowed to enter the small opening.
- Plaque buildup. Excessive plaque can cause enamel to wear away – and increase your tooth sensitivity to cold.
Experiencing Sensitivity? See Your Dentist!
The Canadian Dental Association highly recommends visiting a dentist any time you experience pain, sensitivity or minor discomfort inside your mouth. These are all symptoms of an underlying condition that should be inspected by a dental professional right away.