Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity. In fact, 50% of the population have sensitive teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, you know that eating ice cream or drinking iced tea can be shocking. But, cold weather can also provide that same discomfort.
There are reasons for tooth sensitivity, and it can be eliminated by finding the reason behind it and fixing that.
Why Would I Have Sensitive Teeth?
1. Cavities- this can make your teeth more susceptible to cold sensitivity.
2. Defective fillings- fillings can fall out or become loose over time. Also, metal fillings can be more susceptible to change in temperature, causing pain when it is cold.
3. Gum disease- when bacteria start to decompose the teeth and gums, your mouth can become much more sensitive to extreme temperatures and more susceptible to pain.
4. Teeth grinding- some people unwittingly grind their teeth when they sleep. This can cause erosion and cracking of your enamel, which can leave your teeth more prone to temperature sensitivity.
5. Brushing too forcefully- if you brush with a toothbrush that has hard bristles it can cause irrigation and inflammation of the gums which can increase their sensitivity.
As always, it is very important to see the dentist and get a professional opinion. If you think you may have one of the above , please give your dentist a call.