Our Elmhurst Dentist Helps Patients Understand Dental Sensitivities To Cold

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Aug 9, 2022

As you’re enjoying more frozen treats in these warm summer months, our Elmhurst dentists encourage you to stay alert for signs of dental discomfort and sensitivity. Keep reading to learn more about dental sensitivity…

Underlying Causes

Generally speaking, dental sensitivity and pain develop when the inner nerves of a tooth are no longer adequately protected by dental enamel and dentin. This may happen gradually over time, as your enamel thins or your gum tissue pulls away from your teeth. Cracked and chipped enamel can also result in increased sensitivity.

At-home Options

In some cases, simply rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mixture can sooth irritated nerves. You can also rinse with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to combat discomfort. Plus, there are a number of natural ingredients that have been shown to sooth sensitivity, including green tea, turmeric, and capsaicin. Try incorporating some in your foods and drinks to ease pain.

Specialty Products

You’ll also notice that there are many toothpastes and mouth rinses on the market that are designed specifically for folks with sensitive teeth. You’ll find that these products are made to be non-irritating, and they often include ingredients that minimize nerve discomfort. Talk to your dentist to get a better idea of what kind of rinse or toothpaste is best for you.

Long-term Treatments

There are also in-office treatments that can build up diminished tooth structure or gum tissue, in order to better protective sensitive nerves. Dental bonding, for example, involves placing composite resin over your natural enamel. Periodontal treatment supports gum tissue regeneration so that dental nerves are protected along the gum line. For newly developed cases of sensitivity we may recommend topical fluoride treatments, which help to re-mineralize natural enamel.

As you can see, there are a number of ways to effectively address dental discomfort, and sensitive teeth. Remember, you can always contact our Elmhurst dentists to learn even more—give us a call!