Temperature sensitivity in the teeth, such as a reaction to the cold, is a sign that your tooth’s nerves are becoming more exposed to air. This condition causes mild discomfort to moderate pain and can get in the way of your daily life.
What Causes Teeth Sensitivity?
When the outer layer of your tooth gets tiny cracks or tooth decay, this allows for cold liquids or air to more easily reach the nerve. The dentin under your tooth’s enamel has direct passageways to the nerves, which is why you feel the painful sensation inside your tooth.
You can get rid of this problem in several ways. Anything that wears away at your enamel may increase your sensitivity. For example, not properly brushing after eating acidic food damages teeth over time. People who habitually grind their teeth can also wear away at this layer. Cavities and receding gum lines provide another pathway for the cold to reach the innermost layer, also known as the as the “pulp.”
How Can You Remedy Cold Sensitivity?
The good thing about cold sensitivity is that you can easily treat it. The exact treatment method depends on the root cause since minor enamel erosion is a less-serious problem than a heavily decayed tooth. Your dentist can work with you on creating a plan that reduces or eliminates this issue.
Here are a few treatment methods and lifestyle changes your dentist might suggest:
- Fluoride toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth cleans off acid and plaque on the enamel. It also helps to reverse your present dental damage.
- Your dental-hygiene routine at home may need to undergo some changes.
- Soft-bristled brushes and more frequent cleaning sessions may also be necessary to ensure that you are properly cleaning your teeth without damaging your gums.
If your diet contains a lot of acidic foods and drinks from sodas, tomatoes, or coffee, then your enamel has to stand up to a lot of damaging materials. Cut these items out of your meal plan to make things easier on your teeth.
Severe tooth sensitivity and pain need more intensive treatment. Fluoride treatments, gum grafts, fillings or root canals may help to get your teeth back in tip-top shape.
Cold sensitivity is not a symptom you should ignore. When you feel this uncomfortable feeling in your mouth, contact Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry to regain a healthy, bright smile once more.