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Sensitive Teeth - Heat and Cold Sensitivity


Posted on 10/31/2023 by Andrew Admin
Black female patient holding jaw from tooth pain at Everglades Family Dental in Pembroke Pines, FLTemperature sensitivity is a common sign of compromised enamel and irritated nerves. Understanding the causes and treatments empowers you to manage this uncomfortable symptom. With proper, prompt care, sensitive teeth can be desensitized for pain-free eating and drinking.

Enamel Erosion


Thinning or eroded enamel exposes sensitive dentin underneath to hot and cold stimuli. Frequent acid exposure from foods, drinks, stomach acids, or bulimia demineralizes and softens enamel. Brushing too hard or with abrasives also wears it down. Treating the cause and using fluoride strengthens enamel.

Exposed Tooth Roots


Gum recession from frequent brushing, periodontal disease, or aging causes loss of protective gum tissue covering tooth roots. Exposed dentin tubules then transmit pain signals upon stimulation. Gentle hygiene plus desensitizing toothpaste reduce sensitivity. Grafting may cover vulnerable roots.

Dental Procedures


Whitening, root scaling, crown preparation, and other treatments remove protective layers, allowing pain transmission until healing occurs. Typically short-lived, sensitivity after procedures can be managed with desensitizing gels.

Cracked Teeth


Fractures allow penetration of temperatures to the pulp. If the crack extends to the nerve, root canal treatment may be needed for pain relief. Otherwise, bonding agents can seal cracks to calm sensitivity.

Preventive Strategies


Practicing sound oral hygiene and avoiding abrasives, acidic foods, and frequent whitening minimizes enamel wear. Soft bristles, fluoridated toothpaste, and water rinsing after acidic drinks prevent sensitivity. Your dentist can assess any causes and advise treatments.

Desensitizing Toothpastes and Gels


These contain compounds to seal tubules and calm nerve transmission-potassium salts block pain signals. Prescription strengths with higher concentrations of potassium nitrate or stannous fluoride offer more relief. Consistent use helps strengthen protections.

Don't let sensitivity discourage good oral care. Identifying causes with your dentist allows specific treatment for lasting symptom relief. Keeping your mouth healthy and avoiding triggers keeps teeth pain-free.

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