You’re just trying to enjoy some frozen yogurt or a smoothie on a warm spring day, when suddenly you experience a jolt of pain in one of your teeth. This is a common, yet unpleasant thing to deal with, and although sensitivity to hot or cold foods doesn’t always merit concern, if this happens to you often, Cottonwood Dental recommends you schedule an appointment with Dr. Giaquinto. When your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks, it’s possible that there’s an underlying oral health issue that needs to be addressed. Here are some of the possible causes for your tooth sensitivity, and what you can do about it!
Cavities or loose fillings. Cavities expose tender nerves within your teeth, which can be very painful! If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, this can mean that a cavity is forming, or that a filling from an old cavity is loose. Either way, it’s time to call Cottonwood Dental!
Eroded enamel. Your teeth are made up of very sensitive nerves and tissue, covered by enamel. Enamel forms a protective shield against hot and cold foods, but if your enamel has been worn, tooth decay can follow, leaving sensitive nerves within the pulp of your teeth exposed and vulnerable.
Gum recession. A number of factors ranging from brushing too hard to gum disease or gingivitis can cause your gums to recede. When your gums recede, your roots and dentin are left unprotected, and that can be painful.
In some cases, brushing your teeth with a sensitive tooth toothpaste can alleviate the pain, but if enjoying a cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream is no longer an enjoyable experience because your teeth are sensitive, it’s time to call Cottonwood Dental. Dr. Giaquinto can examine your teeth, determine the cause of your sensitivity, and create a treatment plan so you can enjoy your food again.