Does your tooth sensitivity ruin your ability to enjoy hot or cold foods like soup and ice cream? You may even feel some pain during the wintertime when that brisk air hits your mouth. When your enamel becomes worn down or your gums recede, it can directly expose the sensitive layer of your teeth to different conditions and temperatures. What caused your teeth to become sensitive in the first place? Luckily, your dentist in Framingham has the expertise and knowledge to help you enjoy the season again.
It seems too strange to wonder about, but yes, cold weather can cause your teeth to hurt. Your teeth are responding to the intense temperature difference by enlarging and shrinking. So, what kind of effect can this have on your teeth? Just like the foundation of a house shift when the soil shrinks and expands around it, your teeth are doing the same things. This could lead to cracks in your teeth, exposing a sensitive area beneath your enamel called dentin. These problems can be fixed by your dentist applying a sealant to help protect your dentin.
It’s important to know the common causes of tooth sensitivity so you can tackle them. It can occur despite having good oral hygiene sometimes, but it’s important to remember that by not practicing good preventive routines, you’re putting your teeth at risk.
Some common reasons for increased tooth sensitivity are:
If your teeth begin responding to weather or extreme temperatures, be sure to visit your dentist to discuss different treatment options that could help:
Based on your symptoms and a checkup, your dentist can establish the best options to help prevent slight sensitivity from turning into serious dental emergency. Keeping up with your regular oral hygiene routine can help lessen the symptoms and pain associated with seasonal sensitivity as well. Thanks to you and your dentist’s efforts, you’ll be able to soak in the wonders of winter without having to worry about your teeth.
At Framingham Family Dental Care, we pride ourselves on staying current with the most up-to-date knowledge in our field so we can provide our patients with the best possible care. We don’t seek to just meet your expectations, but exceed them. With decades of experience, we can provide you with everything from your semi-annual checkup to porcelain veneers and more. To schedule an appointment or for any questions, please visit our website or contact us at (508) 665-2016.