Did your teeth hurt when eating ice cream or drinking cold drinks? You are probably suffering from Cold-Sensitive Teeth.

Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon. It is said to be affected by age and is highest between the of ages 25 to 30. If your sharp, sensitive teeth also hurt when you aren’t eating or drinking something cold, you could be in the early stages of tooth decay or gum disease.

Here are some possible reasons why you develop cold sensitive teeth as cited by your Newport Beach dentist:

  • You develop a tooth decay near the gum line that you not aware of. It leads to the formation of cavity or cavities which are tiny holes near the gum in front or the back of the tooth.
  • You may have gingivitis. An inflamed or sore gums can cause sensitivity because of the loss of supporting ligaments which expose the root surface leading directly to the tooth.
  • Teeth grinding or clenching can also cause sudden sensitivity. It wears down the enamel, exposing the underlying dentin. Bruxism carries away the tooth enamel and exposes nerves.
  • Another possibility is that the pulp is inflamed and possibly dying as a result of previous trauma. When the pain gets progressively worse, the tooth is sore to touch or tap or is painful even in the absence of any stimulation.
  • A cracked or broken tooth which may fill up with a plaque could be another cause of teeth sensitivity.

On the other hand, external factors could cause also cause cold-sensitive teeth. That may include:

  • brushing your teeth too hard
  • over usage of tooth whitening treatments, or
  • reaction of teeth to acids from drinks, like wine, coffee, and even tomatoes as these foods can quickly wear away the tooth enamel

The dentist in Newport Beach recommends following these steps to eliminate cold-sensitive teeth.

  • Wait at least 30 minutes after each meal before brushing your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water.
  • Maintain proper oral hygiene while using a desensitizing toothpaste that can alleviate the sensitivity.
  • Use a soft-bristle brush to prevent causing more harm to your enamel.

If you are taking good care of your teeth, it will show no signs of decay and if you have been seeing your dentist in Newport Beach regularly; you probably don’t have much to worry about this sensitive teeth unless it developed due to other factors.

If you need a Newport Beach dentist to consult with about your needs, consider F. Anthony Rich, DDS. He has been helping the people of Newport Beach with their dental need since 1979. Call or contact him now at (949) 642-7950 or visit their website https://www.dentist-newport-beach.com.