Is it the Armidale chilly wind that’s keeping your teeth sensitive this summer?
Armidale is renowned for its chilling winds that cause most people on a sunny day to reach for a winter coat and beanie to cover themselves…
Those who reside in the New England area understand why many of the Armidale residents know the ‘true meaning’ of cold; because of Armidale’s geographical situation unfortunately we receive an onslaught of chilling winds on even the warmest day. With this wind comes another type of ‘chill’ – toothache and sensitivity. Cold temperatures are a common cause for tooth sensitivity but could your teeth be chattering in the Armidale winds for another reason rather than the brisk coldness? At New England Dental Group in Armidale we understand how temperature can stimulate tooth sensitivity and how this sensitivity can be improved to reduce your discomfort and toothache.
What is tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is the heightened ability to feel sensation in your tooth to the point that it aches or feels uncomfortable. Tooth sensitivity has been known to be an indication of your oral health and wellbeing of your teeth and if you are experiencing reoccurring tooth sensitivity then it might be time to consult one of our experienced dentists on what could be causing your sensitivity. Those people who suffer from the following conditions can suffer tooth sensitivity
- Gum disease (gingivitis/periodontitis)
- Tooth decay
- Digestive conditions (Gastritis/Irritable bowel syndrome/Chrohn’s disease)
- High acidic diet
- Receding gums
- Bruxism (grinding and clenching)
- TMJ Dysfunction
Those who experience teeth sensitivity may find that simply improving their oral hygiene and receiving appropriate dental treatments will help. However, it is possible to incur sensitivity through genetics and even from the sheer chill of dropping temperature.
Why do teeth become sensitive in cold temperatures?
Teeth become sensitive in temperature changes because inside each tooth are bundles of nerve endings that give the tooth sensations and stimulate the tooth in order to keep them healthy and alive. Inside this inner layer of the tooth (known as the tooth pulp) is also blood vessels and soft gum tissue to supply blood to the tooth and to keep it rooted to the jaw bone and the gum line. The nerve endings supply sensation to the outer layer of tooth known as the dentine which makes up for the majority of your tooth. The outermost layer of tooth is called the enamel which is made of some of the strongest substances in the body and it protects the tooth from bacteria and from over stimulation when eating high and low temperature beverages and food. When the enamel is worn the dentin becomes more sensitive because it has less protection and this is when cold winds can begin to make your teeth feel sensitive.
At New England Dental Group we can help you improve your tooth sensitivity…
There are many ways that we can improve the sensitivity of our teeth. Discovering the reason why you are feeling this sensitivity is incredibly important for discovering the best recovery method for you. At New England Dental Group our experienced dentists will work with you to help discover the cause of your sensitivity. For an at home preventive method, you may find that toothpaste that caters for sensitivity could help improve your symptoms. These tooth pastes will often contain a derivative fluoride (a naturally occurring mineral) that is used to harden and strengthen tooth enamel. It is also crucial in order to keep your tooth enamel as strong as can be to keep a strict oral hygiene to ensure that bacteria and plaque does not destroy your tooth enamel. Wearing a scarf around your neck and mouth can also help with the sensitivity until you begin to find a method that works for you. At New England Dental Group we are here for you in your time of need, no one should suffer through tooth sensitivity.