Summer is finally here, and boy is it hot out there! It is no coincidence that President Ronald Reagan deemed July National Ice Cream Month back in 1984. There’s nothing more refreshing than a popsicle or ice cream cone on a summer day. Unless, of course, you’re dealing with tooth sensitivity.
Ice cream is a huge part of American culture and it is also an economic staple of the US dairy industry. 9% of all the milk produced by dairy farmers is used to make ice cream! Although most of us may “Scream for Ice Cream” during the hot days of July, some with sensitive teeth may be screaming for a different reason.
For people who have sensitive teeth, the joy of biting into that delicious icy snack is overshadowed by the threat of what feels like an electric shock to your teeth. While there can be many other reasons for an uncomfortable reaction to heat and cold, exposed dentin is the leading cause for teeth sensitivity.
What Is Dentin, and How Is It Related to Sensitivity?
Teeth are made up of a few layers. They are covered with a hard-outer shell called enamel, which protects the interior of the teeth from bacteria, acid, and discomfort caused by changes in temperature. Beneath the enamel is a layer of dentin, a thick yellow layer which contains sensory fluid-filled channels. When this dentin layer becomes exposed, you’ll be left saying “ouch.”
How Does Dentin Become Exposed?
Your dentin may become exposed for a number of reasons. Tooth decay, toothbrush abrasion, consuming acidic foods, wear from teeth grinding, receding gums or using many teeth whitening products can all wear away at the tooth enamel and leave you vulnerable to sensitivity.
How Your Dentist Can Help With Teeth Sensitivity
At Washington Dental Associates, your dentist can fix any sensitivity you may be having. The cure for this could be as simple as switching to an anti-sensitivity toothpaste or by adding a fluoride rinse into your daily routine. These will strengthen and remineralize your weak enamel. If topical treatments are not the best solution for you, cosmetic bonding can patch up weak spots on teeth. In some cases, sensitivity can be the cause of a deeper underlying nerve problem that needs immediate attention. A multi-faceted approach could be best, depending on your unique needs. When you schedule an appointment with our office for tooth sensitivity, we will examine your situation and put together a treatment plan suited just for you.
Sensitive Teeth? Schedule an Appointment Today!
If teeth sensitivity is keeping you from enjoying National Ice Cream Month, make sure to visit Bergenfield’s premier dental office! We’ll get you out of pain and have you enjoying a two-scoop cone before you know it. Request an appointment at Washington Dental Associates today.