Do you find yourself avoiding iced beverages and frozen treats because you’re afraid of the shooting pain you may feel in your teeth? Or perhaps you avoid warming soup during the winter because you know that while it may taste delicious, eating it will hurt? You are not alone. According to a 2013 survey, nearly 50 percent of adults in the U.S. experience tooth sensitivity.
At North Tonawanda Family Dentistry, our expert dentist and hygienists have experience treating tooth sensitivities of all types. Based on our experience and research from the Oral Health Foundation, the following are five common causes of tooth sensitivity to cold and heat.
1. Brushing Too Hard
Vigorous brushing, especially from side to side, may cause wearing of your tooth enamel. Worn enamel can lead to sensitivity to both cold and hot temperatures.
2. Dental Erosion from Acidic Foods
Consuming acidic foods and beverages can erode teeth, leading to sensitivity.
3. Receding Gums
Gums can recede from natural causes, previous orthodontic work, and gum disease. When gums recede, roots of teeth may be exposed.
4. Grinding Teeth
That’s right, teeth grinders – this habit can lead to sensitivity, too. The act of clenching teeth and grinding them together also can lead to worn enamel, exposing you to tooth sensitivity.
5. Cracked Tooth or Filling
Both cold and hot temperatures may affect a cracked tooth or filling. Most often, sensitivity occurs when the crack reaches the tooth’s root.
Regular brushing and flossing, along with limiting the amount of acidic foods in your diet, can help you prevent cold sensitivity.
If your teeth already suffer from cold sensitivity, relief is on its way! Schedule an appointment with us to identify the cause of your problem and find the right treatment option for you.