If you’ve ever gone outside during the cold weather and felt pain in your teeth, you know that it can be a deep, piercing pain. Your dentist Columbia SC has found that tooth sensitivity from cold weather is the result of the movement of fluid within the tubes that are found in the layer of tissue under the hard enamel containing the inner pulp. This causes nerve irritation and pain in your teeth when they are exposed to cold air.
What can you do to lessen the pain from sensitive teeth?
Many types of toothpaste have abrasive ingredients that are too harsh for people who suffer from sensitive teeth. The ingredients found in some whitening and tartar-control toothpastes can also increase tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity can be diminished by:
- Use of a desensitizing toothpaste;
- Having your dentist Columbia apply sealants and other desensitizing and filling materials to your teeth;
- Don’t consume a lot of foods that contain acids.
If you suffer from the effects of tooth sensitivity, refrain from using hard-bristled toothbrushes and/or brushing your teeth too hard. One way to find out if you are brushing your teeth too hard is to examine your toothbrush, because if the bristles are pointing in multiple directions, it’s an indication that you're brushing too hard.
When should you see your dentist Columbia?
If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it's best to see your dentist to determine what may be causing your problem.
If you are found to have hypersensitivity, your dentist may apply a protective coating, or you may be prescribed an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste to help prevent the spread of the painful sensation from the tooth to the nerve. It also might help to apply the paste onto your gums with your finger after brushing.
If you don’t want tooth sensitivity to ruin your Thanksgiving feast, call us today for a personal consultation!
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among our dental patients. Over 40 million adults in the country suffer at some time from sensitive teeth. If you’re one of them, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with your dentist Columbia SC.