If you have temperature sensitivity in your teeth, you probably know it. It happens when the enamel wears down or the gums recede, leaving part of the tooth exposed that is more sensitive. When this tooth encounters hot or cold liquids or food, it hurts! And unfortunately, it’s not just about food, especially this time of year. Winter weather can impact sensitive teeth too.
How Does It Happen?
Teeth are strong but also sensitive parts of the mouth. The core of the tooth is called the Dentin, and this is where the nerves are. On the exposed areas of the tooth (the tops and sides) the dentin is covered and protected by a layer called the enamel. The bottoms and roots of the tooth are protected by the gums. These protections keep the nerves from constantly coming into contact with things that hurt, like hot and cold.
Why Does It Hurt?
Your teeth are hurting because the dentin is exposed, and there are a few common reasons for that. Poor oral health leading to tooth decay (hello, fillings) and periodontal disease can cause tooth sensitivity. Brushing too vigorously can also wear down the enamel and expose the dentin, as can bad oral habits like smoking or not brushing. If you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep, this can also impact the enamel, and so can whitening processes and acidic beverages.
But I Brush!
You’ve got the right toothbrush, you floss every day and brush twice a day, but you still have a sensitivity? There’s a chance that the weather is to blame. Like anything else, teeth expand and contract in response to extreme temperatures, including the sub-zero air you’re breathing in. Over time, this expanding and contracting can cause small fractures that expose some of the dentin. However, if you’re experiencing sensitive teeth, it’s a good idea to get your teeth checked just in case it is something else.
What Can I Do?
See your dentist. They may be able to apply a topical sealant or fluoride treatment that helps or recommend a mouth guard. In the worst case scenario, a root canal can help ease the pain by removing the nerve root that is being triggered.
Oral Care from Catonsville Dental Care
Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us