What Makes Teeth Sensitive To Cold?

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We've all been there – enjoying a chilly ice cream or a cold drink and suddenly, ouch! That sharp twinge of tooth sensitivity hits. It's a common issue, but ever wonder what's behind it and how to dodge that uncomfortable zing? Let's dive into the causes.

    Thin or Worn Enamel

    Enamel is like your tooth’s superhero cape – it protects them. But, like any cape, it can wear out due to overzealous brushing or too many acidic food encounters. When it gets thin, the dentin underneath gets exposed, making your teeth shout 'hello!' to cold stuff.

    Gum Recession

    When gums recede, they leave your tooth roots out in the cold (literally). These parts don’t have enamel armor, so cold temperatures can give your nerves a jolt of surprise.

    Cracked Teeth

    Got a crack in your tooth? That’s like having a secret passage for cold sensations to sneak in and ping your nerves. Whether it’s from grinding your teeth or chomping on hard candies, cracks are not cool for cold sensitivity.

    Tooth Decay

    Decay is a party crasher for teeth, letting cold temperatures waltz right in and cause discomfort. Keep up with your brushing and flossing to keep these uninvited guests away.

    Acidic Foods and Beverages

    Love your lemonade and sour candies? They might not love your teeth back. Acidic goodies can wear down enamel, making your teeth more sensitive. Rinse with water after indulging to keep things balanced.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

Luckily, we know some tricks to lessen the zing. Armed with these habits, you can say goodbye to sensitivity!

  • Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Brush gently to prevent gum recession and tooth wear
  • Try desensitizing toothpaste
  • Try a fluoride varnish application or professional desensitizer, like Gluma
  • Stay on track with routine dental check-ups!
  • Restorative Dentistry in Gastonia, NC

    Dealing with tooth sensitivity? Our dentists in Gastonia, NC are here to help. A thorough exam and personalized care can set you on the path to relief and cold-treat bliss!


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