As the crisp cool air of fall comes, do your teeth start to hurt? There are many possible reasons for tooth sensitivity. Your teeth feeling sensitive to the cold could be indicating a dental problem or simply highlighting a change in your habits. For example, during the colder months, many people change from drinking iced drinks to hot cocoa or coffee. This seemingly small habit change could be causing your tooth sensitivity. Whether your sensitivity is noticeable from the chill in the air or the hot latte in your cup, the team at Providence Dental Spa wants to help you identify the source of your discomfort and provide relief.

Most Common Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

  •       Tooth Decay—If your teeth are already breaking down with tooth decay, the exposed dentin will cause pain when combined with cold. From candy apples to Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to Christmas cookies, the fall and winter season are full of opportunities to overindulge in sugar. Sugar can eat away at your teeth’s enamel, exposing the sensitive dentin.
  •       Brushing Too Vigorously—Brushing too aggressively will do more harm than good. You can encourage your gums to recede and wear down your enamel. If your gums recede, you are at risk of exposing your sensitive roots. Always use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush gently.
  •       Clenching and Grinding—When you grind or clench your teeth, you are gradually wearing down your enamel, so the dentin is susceptible to cold. If you suffer from grinding or bruxism, a customized night guard may help safeguard your smile. Schedule a consultation to explore your options!
  •       Tooth Whitening Agents—Brightening up your smile in a half hour sounds appealing. Unfortunately, whitening agents are harsh on your teeth and may cause damage to your enamel in the process. If you need a whiter smile, let us help. We have several whitening options, and we can help you safely achieve your brighter smile.
  •       Acidic Foods and Beverages—What you eat and drink can put your teeth at risk. Too much exposure to acidic things will encourage your enamel to break down and weaken your gum line, which will ultimately put the inner parts of your teeth at risk. Whether you are having too much coffee, orange juice, wine, or soda, consider limiting your acidic choices and utilizing a toothpaste designed for teeth sensitivity and acid neutralization.
  •       Periodontal Disease—Although this is a gum disease, your gums play an important role in protecting your roots. When your gums are infected and damaged, the cold will more easily penetrate through to your sensitive roots. Periodontal disease occurs as a result of poor brushing and flossing, allowing plaque to build up and harden. If you are suffering from periodontal disease, reach out to Providence Dental Spa. We can help you experience relief!

If you are experiencing sensitivity, Call Providence Dental Spa. We can get to the root of your tooth sensitivity issues and offer solutions. The best way to avoid sensitivity altogether is to practice a good regimen at home and keep up with your routine dental visits. Schedule your cleaning today!