Sometimes, different foods or liquids may cause tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is often described as all over tooth pain when eating or drinking hot or cold beverages or foods. Sometimes the pain can be caused from sweet foods, or even exposure to very cold air. This pain almost immediately goes away when you have swallowed and stopped eating or drinking.
There are many different causes of tooth sensitivity. Things such as tooth decay, broken or fractured teeth, old fillings that need to be replaced, gum disease or exposed roots may all be the cause of tooth sensitivity. Sometimes, tooth sensitivity is a result of the aging process. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused from exposure of the dentin, a layer on the tooth that is designed to help protect the teeth. Grinding of your teeth can also be a cause for tooth sensitivity. Depending on the cause of the tooth sensitivity, a treatment plan can be developed to help minimize or eliminate pain.
In cases of tooth decay or cavities, filling the cavities almost always helps eliminate sensitivity and pain. Broken teeth can be restored using a dental crown, and old fillings that are ‘loose’ can be replaced. Gum disease can be treated through scaling or other means; all of these treatments have been shown to be effective in treating tooth sensitivity.
If your teeth are sensitive, you should make an appointment to see your dentist. While waiting for the appointment, try eating softer foods and drinks that are at a moderate temperature. A toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may also help during this time.
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