In some cases, the taste of cool food like ice cream or a hot drink like coffee may make your teeth feel painful on occasion. Even air with certain temperatures may give a similar feeling. In other situations, the act of brushing or flossing may feel painful, even though it’s designed to help you. What you may be dealing with is the struggle of sensitive teeth, and while this can arise from several different issues, there are also several things you can do to stop the problem.
Most of the time, sensitive teeth stem from issues with the enamel, the outer layer of your teeth that are designed to protect them. Some people are just naturally born with less enamel, but in other cases, you may unwittingly end up wearing down your enamel. This can be caused by brushing your teeth too hard, grinding your teeth at night, or eating too many acidic foods and beverages.
There are other situations that may lead to your teeth being sensitive though, even if your enamel is fine. For example, receding gums can leave parts of your teeth exposed that do not have enamel. Acid reflux can wear down enamel over time, and there’s also the possibility of temporary sensitivity after procedures like getting fillings or having your teeth bleached. In other cases, sensitivity is a symptom of a greater problem, like a tooth that is cracked or damaged or dealing with heavy decay.
In some cases, basic dental procedures will be enough to alleviate the cause of your sensitivity. For example, fixing a cavity or getting a filling may remove/protect the exposed surface of a tooth that may be causing sensitivity when it comes into contact with hot or cold food/drinks/air. In other cases, you may need to do something more, especially if there’s no obvious cause for your dental care. For example, a dentist can use fluoride gel to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce the amount of pain. Certain toothpastes, both over-the-counter as well as other brands, can help as well.
If you find yourself dealing with sensitive teeth, there is the possibility of this just being a minor issue that will go away with time. However, it could also be an indicator of a bigger issue with your oral health, something that you should have attended to. Make sure that you reach out to the dentists at Acadia Dental to get the care you need.