Tooth sensitivity to cold? to hot? to sweets? What causes tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity can come and go with time, and is usually caused by exposed dentin on root areas from gum disease and/or receded gums. Unlike the crowns of your teeth, the root area of your tooth isn’t protected by enamel, but rather cementum. When the enamel or cementum wears away the nerves within the tooth are exposed which can cause tooth sensitivity. Common causes of erosion include:
- Overzealous teeth brushing
- Use of abrasive toothpaste
- An acidic diet
- Acid reflux disease
- Excessive teeth whitening
- Teeth grinding
- Dry mouth
How to prevent dry mouth while sleeping
If you suffer from dry mouth, you’re not alone. While estimates vary widely, it’s safe to say millions of people experience dry mouth at some point. If you are one of them, you know night time is often the worst, waking up parched, and without relief can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Chew sugar-free gum, or suck on sugar free candies or mints to help increase saliva.
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste
- Use mouth washes, rinses and/or toothpaste designed for dry mouth
- Use an artificial saliva product, either over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor or dentist
- Avoid acidic or spicy foods which can make it worse
- Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake, especially at night
- Quit smoking
- Talk to your doctor about any mouth breathing or snoring
When to know if you need to see a Dentist
If at any point you experience pain or changes in your mouth such as hot and cold sensitivity, aching, or throbbing, this should be an indication that you should see a dentist—especially if pain is affecting your everyday activities. Sometimes the changes in your mouth can affect your ability to sleep, eat, and talk, and that’s a sure sign that something is off and you need to see your dentist. If your denture, bridge, or appliance isn’t fitting as well as it used to.
If you have dentures, a bridge, or an appliance, you should see your dentist if it feels loose or is not fitting as well as it used to. It may be time for an adjustment to help it fit like new again. Your mouth can change over time, and your dentures or other appliances should be regularly checked to ensure they’re still fitting well in your mouth.
Did you know what causes bad breath?
Also called halitosis, bad breath can be caused by a number of issues.
Some of the foods we eat can give us temporary bad breath.
- Garlic, onions, coffee, spicy or fragrant foods can leave your mouth less than fresh. Brush your teeth, chew sugar free gum, or use mouthwash for a burst of freshness.
- Like smoking and tobacco use not only cause bad breath, they can create oral cancers, stain teeth and irritate your gums. Consider a tobacco free lifestyle to reduce the negative effects.
The Bad breath can be caused by dental issues such as gum disease or cavities. Crowded teeth or ill-fitting dental appliances can also cause bad breath. See your dentist to rule out any oral care issues as a culprit.
What to expect on a Dental check up
Before your dental check-up, there are some things you should be sure you do especially if this will be your first visit at a new dental office.
- Gather information about your health history, including medications you are taking and contact information for your most recent doctor and dentist.
- Request your former dentist transfer your records to your new provider. Sometimes they will require a form, fax number or email address
- Let them know if you have health concerns such as pregnancy, diabetes, epilepsy, or special needs, so they can best support you.
What is a Root Canal? How to know?
A root canal is a dental procedure that cleans the inside of a tooth when the pulp in the tooth has become infected.
This could happen due to:
- A tooth abscess
- Needing a crown
- Severe tooth decay
- Facial/mouth/tooth trauma
- Cracked tooth and/or filling
Often a patient will notice tooth pain, extreme temperature sensitivity in the tooth swelling and soreness, and even discoloration in an infected tooth. If you’re experiencing these symptoms – call your dentist, as the pain may be resolved with a root canal.