Are Your Teeth Trying To Tell You Something?
We are not sure about you, but we have been loving the crisp, cool fall mornings. A nice hot cup of tea or coffee is the perfect way to start the day when the temperature outside drops. Would you love to drink a hot beverage each morning but stop yourself because the temperature makes your teeth feel uncomfortable? Many of us experience sensitive teeth from time to time, but if you are avoiding your favorite foods and drinks because the temperature is too much for your teeth, your mouth might be telling you there is a problem. Read on to learn about what your teeth may be trying to tell you.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
If you find yourself avoiding hot and cold foods and beverages because it bothers your teeth, you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the outer covering of the teeth, called tooth enamel, has become damaged or compromised. Many patients experience tooth sensitivity from time to time, especially after receiving dental treatments such as a filling, crown, or root canal. When not cared for properly, enamel can become damaged, for example when there’s decay. Tooth enamel can also wear away, leaving the nerves of the tooth exposed. When you have unexplained tooth sensitivity, you may be experiencing a problem caused by:
- Grinding your teeth
- Brushing too hard
- Lack of oral hygiene
- Spreading decay
- Frequently consuming acidic foods and beverages
How to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you are experiencing frequent tooth sensitivity, we suggest visiting our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, evaluate your brushing technique. Be sure that you are using gentler motions and not vigorous strokes. You can also invest in a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth. We recommend avoiding foods with high acidity that can cause additional irritation.
If you are experiencing frequent issues with tooth sensitivity, we recommend scheduling an appointment in our office located in Spotswood, NJ. We can determine if there is an underlying problem and offer treatment suggestions to help you enjoy your favorite hot and cold foods again soon!