Do Cold Foods And Drinks Make You Wince?
We can all agree that the arrival of the spring is very exciting for many reasons. The longer days and warmer weather are a welcome change to the cold and snowy days of winter. Along with the warmer weather comes the enjoyment of ice cold drinks and frozen treats. Do you love the warmer weather, but the thought of cold drinks and treats leave you feeling less than enthused? If the thought of enjoying a refreshing treat leaves you hesitant due to the sensation felt in your teeth, continue reading to learn more about this common condition and what can be done.
Does the thought of an ice cream cone on a hot day leave you less than thrilled? Do you experience discomfort when your teeth come in contact with extreme heat or cold? If so, you are one of the many patients who suffers from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity occurs when a certain stimuli, such as extreme hot or cold, negatively affects the teeth, causing a period of brief discomfort. This can occur in one or multiple teeth and can happen on occasion or more frequently. If you experience tooth sensitivity infrequently, it might be a random occurrence; however, if you are noticing sensitivity multiple times a day, it is cause for concern.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity affects the outer enamel of the tooth. Although dental enamel is the strongest substance in the body, it is not indestructible. In fact, if not cared for properly, tooth enamel can easily wear away, leading to an increase in tooth sensitivity followed by the possibility of tooth decay. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by:
- Consuming large amounts of acidic foods and beverages
- Brushing too hard
- Grinding your teeth
- Not using the appropriate toothbrush or toothpaste
How to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you have recently started experiencing tooth sensitivity, we recommend first looking at your toothbrush to be sure that it is a soft-bristled brush. You can also invest in a toothpaste that is meant for sensitive teeth. Be sure to use gentle strokes when brushing your teeth. We also recommend limiting your intake of highly acidic foods.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity and it has become bothersome or you are concerned, please reach out to our office located in Baldwinsville, NY to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms. See you soon!