With all the cold weather swooping into Texas, bundling up and keeping warm is on everyone’s mind. From staying indoors to putting on extra layers, even breaking out the hot chocolate, keeping away the cold just seems more comforting this time of year. Unfortunately not everything can be warm and comforting, and sometimes even the most unsuspecting things can bring great discomfort. Your mouth and teeth are not immune to some of the pains and dangers that live inside our freezers and fridges.

Have you ever had great pain or discomfort after putting something cold or frozen in your mouth? Maybe you’ve heard of a friend who always asks for no ice in their water when you go out to eat because it ‘hurts their teeth’. While it may seem like a nitpicky habit, this is an actual problem that many people experience in their day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a completely frozen popsicle or just a class of chilled water, some people actually experience a good deal of pain and resistance when it comes to engaging their teeth and gums with chilly items.

Commonly referred to as cold sensitive teeth, or ‘cold sensitivity’, this problem arises in many patients and can prove to be quite distracting. However it is important to understand what triggers the reaction as well as to establish whether or not it’s just a very intense item engaging your mouth or a sign that there is something wrong internally. The base cause of this problem is the recession of your gums to expose more of your tooth as well as the breaking down and diminishing of tooth enamel. Both of these factors are the segways for whatever product or item you’re putting in your mouth to cause the discomfort.

Knowing the symptoms of cold sensitive teeth is just the start. By being able to decipher what is creating these symptoms you can take the proper steps to stopping the pain and curing any problems that could be stemming from it. There are two major causes of cold sensitivity in your teeth:

Intense or Hyperactive Product

From overzealous teeth whitening products that are new on the market to strongly sweetened or condensed sweets and sours, sometimes the things you’re putting in your mouth are what is causing all the harm to your teeth. Many everyday foods and drinks, like rich ice creams or fizzy sodas, contain a lot of sugar and sometimes even small amounts of enamel-harming acids. When products like these come in contact with your teeth regularly, they will begin to take a toll. By wearing down your enamel and receding your gums, you are exposing the weaker parts of your teeth to the intense cold and other weathering factors they are usually protected from. Be certain to read all the ingredients of an unsure product before sucking on it or plastering in on your teeth, or else you could end up in some seriously cold pain.

Diseased and Decaying Teeth

Depending on how long the pain and discomfort lasts after eating something cold or drinking an icy drink, you may be a victim of some serious internal tooth decay and rotting. If there are large amounts of plaque that have built up on your teeth, they could easily break down enamel and kill off your gum. The decay could also spread through tiny holes in your tooth all the way to the root, causing a whole new level of pain that lingers for seemingly ever and requires help from your dentist to remedy. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to that you are maintaining an outstanding level of oral hygiene, that way there is less of a chance that this decay and disease will take a toll on your teeth.

With the pain of cold sensitive teeth understandably leaving your mouth a bit tense and apprehensive towards any cold foods or treatments, it’s important to know that there are measures you can take to remedy the situation. For instance, many toothpastes offer a wide variety of reactive and proactive measures to assure that your teeth are prepared for taking on the cold. Pastes like Sensodyne or Arm & Hammer ‘Enamel Strengthening’ are great for using at nights and in mornings around your eating schedules. Another common treatment is a fluoride treatment that can be applied by your dentist in order to greatly strengthen your enamel. While you’re visiting for the fluoride you can also have your teeth properly cleaned and looked at to determine any evidence of current or upcoming decay.

Taking care of your teeth in every condition is important for prolonging your smile and reducing stress or worry. With a greater look while smiling and less pain when eating or drinking, you will be able to enjoy your day without worry of the next time you take a swig of ice cold water. If you’re experiencing cold sensitive teeth or any other problem with your mouth or gums, contact Sugar Land Dental Spa today to schedule a visit and a proper oral examination.