Does the thought of a triple scoop ice cream cone fill you with toothy chills rather than delight? If your teeth are showing signs of sensitivity, don’t despair: there are many treatments available. The first step, of course, is identifying what’s causing your teeth to be sensitive. Here are a few potential culprits of “ice cream blues”:
1. Tooth decay: Dental cavities or tooth decay can expose the sensitive inner layers of the tooth, known as dentin. Dentin contains microscopic tubules that connect to the nerves of the tooth, making it sensitive to stimuli such as hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages.
2. Gum recession: Receding gums can expose the tooth roots, which are not protected by enamel. Since tooth roots do not have the same level of mineralization as enamel, they are more susceptible to sensitivity when exposed to temperature or pressure changes.
3. Teeth grinding (bruxism): Grinding or clenching the teeth, often during sleep, can wear down the enamel and expose the dentin. This can lead to tooth sensitivity, particularly when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks.
4. Tooth whitening: Teeth whitening procedures, both professional and over-the-counter, can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. The bleaching agents used in these treatments can irritate the nerves in the teeth, resulting in sensitivity. This sensitivity usually subsides after a short period.
5. Cracked or fractured teeth: Cracks or fractures in teeth can allow irritants to reach the sensitive nerves within the tooth, leading to sensitivity. Activities such as chewing or biting can exacerbate the discomfort, and prompt dental treatment is necessary to address the underlying cause and alleviate the sensitivity.
If you’re experience tooth sensitivity, talk to us: we’ll root out the cause and come up with a treatment planned tailored to helping you manage and prevent further sensitivity.