How to Control Tooth Sensitivity to Cold Temperatures
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that people see their Edmonton dentist about. Most people experience sensitivity, particularly sensitivity to cold, at some point or another. If you've noticed that your teeth are feeling sensitive lately, then you're not alone.
At Westmount Dental Centre, we notice an increase in patients experiencing cold sensitivity when the outside temperature drops during the winter time. Thankfully, tooth sensitivity can be successfully treated and even reversed with the correct treatments.
Potential Causes of Cold Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity to cold temperatures can be caused by numerous factors. Sometimes it simply has to do with improper or overly rough tooth brushing. Other times, sensitivity can be caused by habitual, excessive teeth grinding, a cavity, or from a loose or lost filling.
The most common reason for tooth sensitivity is that the surface of the tooth root is exposed. This usually happens alongside the development of gingivitis, as the gums begin to pull away from the teeth. When gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, the tooth roots become further exposed and extreme sensitivity to cold drinks, cold foods, and cold temperatures can result.
Treating Sensitive Teeth
There are a number of different possible treatments for tooth sensitivity to cold temperatures offered at Edmonton family dentist clinics. After evaluating your condition, your dental team may suggest the use of one or more of these treatments.
Many patients see effective results simply from switching to dentist-recommended desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes are formulated specifically for sensitive teeth, and work by blocking sensation from the surface of the tooth to the tooth root. Your Edmonton dentist may also recommend extra fluoride treatment, which can help repair worn enamel.
Alongside these treatments you will also likely be informed about dietary changes which could help reduce sensitivity. For example, people with sensitive teeth should stay away from foods containing acid, as the acids can damage enamel. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush will further help keep your enamel intact.
For more severe tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend getting crowns or sealants to protect the surfaces of your teeth. If your tooth sensitivity is discovered to be due to tooth decay, then other treatment/options may be needed not only to put a stop to the pain and sensitivity, but to protect the rest of your body from potential infection as well.
You don't have to learn to live with sensitive teeth. If sipping a cold drink or stepping out into the frigid air is suddenly effecting your teeth and causing discomfort, then it's time to visit a West Edmonton dentist to find a good solution for you. It may be as simple as switching to a new toothpaste, or it could be a symptom of a larger underlying problem.
Family Dentist in Edmonton
Whatever the cause, the Edmonton dentists at Westmount Dental Centre will help you get to the bottom of it. Your smile and your comfort are our top priority, so don't hesitate to contact Westmount Dental Centre for an appointment today.