Tooth sensitivity: When hot is too hot and cold is too cold

Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat soup or drink hot tea? What about when you eat ice cream or drink cold lemonade? When this occurs, you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity, which is characterized by a tingly feeling or a pinch of pain that affects all your teeth or just certain areas.

Pain that is associated with tooth sensitivity may occur constantly or intermittently.  Occasional tooth sensitivity can occur while ingesting hot or cold food or beverages or when cold air hits your teeth.  In some instances, though, tooth sensitivity pain can be mistaken for root damage.

What can be done to Ease Sensitivity?

Depending on the cause of the tooth sensitivity, treatment can be administered accordingly. Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using desensitizing toothpastes.  First, tell your dentist and they can help you see what the best treatment is. It is also important to tell your dentist if you have sensitivity because it could be a cause other than dentin and can be a more serious problem.  

Again, whether you ultimately choose an in-office desensitizer or over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses or gels, the most important step is to see a dentist first to determine which tooth sensitivity solution is right for you.

Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

In order to reduce your chances of developing sensitivity to your teeth, it is commonly advised that you maintain a proper level of oral hygiene.  Most dentists may recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes in addition to flossing and using mouthwash. It also helps to ease acidic foods and sugary snacks and drinks.  Ignoring any sensitivity issues can lead to many more oral health issues.

Consult your dentist at Kevin Alperstein, DDS in Belvidere, IL as soon as possible if your teeth become sensitive in any way. Through a proper dental consultation, you can find a solution for combating sensitivity.

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