Your tooth will become sensitive to cold as you age. Tooth sensitivity is usually high between ages of 25 and 30. However, if you’re properly taking care of your teeth and you see your dentist regularly, you may not have to worry about tooth sensitivity.
Then again, if you experience a sudden sensitive tooth, it may be caused by a more serious problem.
Sensitivity to Cold
There are several reasons you’re developing sensitivity. One of them is decay around the gum line. You may not see any sign of decay on your tooth but a decay may be happening under the gum line.
In addition to tooth decay, sensitivity to cold could also be the result of gingivitis. Because your gums have lost their supporting ligaments, your root surface is now exposed to the outside world.
If your gum disease is so advanced, your gums are already moving away from your tooth causing too much exposure to the roots resulting in severe sensitivity.
Apart from that, teeth grinding or bruxism may also cause your tooth to be sensitive to cold. This habitual grinding of your teeth can wear down the enamel. If this happens, it exposes the underlying dentin causing tooth sensitivity.
Let your dentist know about why your tooth feels cold all of a sudden. Our staff at Newport Beach Dentistry will be ready to take your call and schedule an appointment with our resident dentists.
Can Mouthwash Cause Tooth Sensitivity?
Long-term use of an OTC mouthwash may worsen tooth sensitivity, especially if you’ve already experienced exposed dentin.
Some mouthwash brands have acids that can further damage your dentin causing pain when you drink cold beverage or eat cold foods.
Ask your dentist about a mouthwash that won’t cause tooth sensitivity or a mouth washing solution that contains fluoride.
It’s also expected to experience tooth sensitivity when you habitually eat acidic foods, like citrus fruits, tomatoes and other foods that contain high acid content.
These foods can easily wear away your teeth enamel. If you do eat acidic foods, you should wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
And after eating these foods, you should rinse your mouth with water.
Just because your tooth feels cold, doesn’t mean you have to stop brushing and flossing.
You must still maintain proper oral hygiene. When there’s tooth sensitivity, you may use a desensitizing toothpaste that can alleviate the sensitivity.
Then, use a soft-bristle brush. You should also brush gently to prevent causing more harm to your enamel.
Can Braces Cause Tooth to Feel Cold?
Tooth sensitivity when you’re wearing braces is quite normal. However, if it’s extremely painful, you should visit your orthodontist right away.
There are several reasons of tooth sensitivity to cold. The only way to identify the real cause is to see your dentist.
Your dentist will determine the source and find out the proper solution. An immediate repair may be needed to avoid causing further problems.