Why Hot and Cold Items Hurt the Teeth

Dr.Alan Wishneff Boca Raton Florida Dentist Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
September 11, 2014

Have you ever felt pain after you drank a cold beverage or have you felt a jolt of pain when inhaling cold air on a chilly day? Or after drinking a hot cup of tea you feel a sharp ache in the mouth after every sip? If any of these things are happening to you, then you probably have sensitive teeth. There are many different reasons why these thing cause you discomfort.

The main cause of tooth sensitivity is having the root structure of one or more of the teeth in an area being exposed. The layer below the gum tissue is called the dentin. This layer contains millions of tiny tubules and each of these is connected to nerve endings. The tubules can become exposed when there is enamel erosion or gum recession on the tooth and this will lead to tooth sensitivity. Exposed dentin can be caused by receding gums, tooth grinding, a diet that is high in acidic foods and beverages and overaggressive brushing.

While we all know that brushing the teeth is extremely important, brushing the teeth too hard or too aggressively can cause problems. When you brush too hard, you could be wearing down the gum tissue as well as the tooth’s enamel layer. This leaves the dentin tubule vulnerable to what it comes in contact with, whether it is hot, cold, soft or hard.

The type of beverages you drink can also have a big impact on the teeth. Drinks that are high in acidic levels like sodas, coffee, tea, juice, wine and energy drinks can worsen the erosion of the enamel and add to the discomfort. Carbonated waters are mostly okay to drink, but it is best to stay away from those that are flavored, because these contain citric acids that attack the enamel. Overuse of tooth-whitening can also be harsh on the teeth and irritate the dentin.

If you are suffering from severe tooth sensitivity, then it is time to visit your dentist. They will be able to suggest bonding to the problematic areas. This is a very fine varnish that the dentist applies to the tooth to help protect it. This however is not a permanent fix. The best way to help tooth sensitivity is to keep up with your dental health practices. Make sure you are brushing the teeth twice a day and floss daily. See your dentist at least twice a year for a proper cleaning.

For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff  at [email protected]  or call (561) 488-3111Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.

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