Millions of Americans deal with temperature sensitivity in their teeth. Whether it is felt when drinking hot coffee or tea, or when biting into a popsicle, it isn’t uncommon to feel a sharp pain in one or more teeth caused by temperature. If you are concerned about your own cold or hot sensitivity in your teeth, consider asking your dentist during a routine checkup.
There are many different causes but generally temperature sensitivity is caused by issues with enamel. Enamel is the outside of layer of teeth that protects them from tooth decay caused by bacteria leftover by food. Underneath the layer of enamel are tiny microscopic tubes. If these tubes are exposed you can feel a sharp pain after ingesting something hot or cold. Even cold air could cause pain in your teeth.
To prevent tooth sensitivity from occurring you should consider how to keep your enamel intact. Enamel is often eroded because of a lack of brushing and flossing. Additionally if your gums recede over time due to poor dental health the newly exposed areas of the tooth may have weakened enamel. Enamel does not regenerate so taking care of it is important. Aside from brushing twice and flossing once daily, you should be going to the dentist every six months. Your dentist can help correct dental problems as they arise as well as provide dental sealants that can protect your molars and your enamel.
There are a variety of things you can do if you experience dental sensitivity. First, you should consider speaking to your dentist about the problem and getting specific recommendations from them. Because dental sensitivity is linked to enamel loss, it could be a warning sign of tooth decay or gum disease. Many dentists recommend the following advice for patients dealing with temperature sensitivity.
Our team of dentists in Chicago would be happy to meet with you or your child and discuss tooth sensitivity. If your child has issues with hot or cold foods, or you are having issues with overly sensitive teeth, feel free to give us a call to set up an appointment.