Does Ice Cream Make You Scream In Pain?
We don’t know about you, but we are extremely excited that the official start to summer is happening soon. We know that many of you have plans over the next few months to travel, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy everything this season has to offer.
One popular thing to do during this season is visit the local ice cream shop to enjoy an ice-cold treat on a hot summer day. Do you love ice cream but avoid eating it because it makes you cringe in discomfort? If so, you may be experiencing a common condition known as tooth sensitivity. While this condition can happen to anyone at any point, if you experience it regularly, there may be a problem with your oral health. Read on to learn more.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity
Your teeth are composed of many layers. The outer layer of the teeth that is visible to you is called the enamel. You may be interested to learn that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body. Even though it is strong, it is not indestructible. Enamel can become damaged from trauma caused by teeth clenching and grinding. It can also decay as a result of plaque and bacteria that are left on the teeth. When the decay and damage to the enamel reach the nerves on the inside of the tooth, you start to experience sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by:
- Brushing teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Teeth grinding
- Excessive teeth whitening
Ways to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience regular tooth sensitivity, we recommend contacting our office to schedule an appointment. While you are waiting for your appointment, there are some things you can do to help your teeth. We recommend evaluating how you brush your teeth. If you’re too rough and use vigorous strokes, we would suggest being more gentle. There is also toothpaste available that is designed for sensitive teeth.
If you are experiencing frequent bouts of tooth sensitivity, we recommend calling our office located in Northridge, CA to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!