Novato Dentist Shares Information About Developing Sensitivities To Cold Items

Written by Dr. McConnell on Aug 9, 2022

If dental sensitivities are keeping you from living life to the fullest, then our Novato dentists want to encourage you to speak to your dental team about potential causes as well as treatment options. Many people notice increased sensitivity as weather turns warmer, because they’re consuming more refreshing, ice-cold treats!

Underlying Causes

Keep in mind that the most sensitive parts of your teeth—the dental nerves—reside in the pulp, or core, of the tooth. When these nerves are no longer protected by enamel, dentin, or gum tissue, you will likely experience sensitivity and pain. Enamel erosion and gum tissue recession are two of the primary culprits when it comes to increased sensitivity. 

At-home Options

Simply rinsing your mouth warm salt water can help sooth irritated nerves in the short-term. Alternatively, you could try rinsing your mouth with a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide for immediate relief. A number of natural ingredients have also been shown to combat sensitivity. Look for consumables that include green tea, turmeric, and capsaicin.

Specialty Products

Another way to address dental sensitivity is to swap your standard oral hygiene products for ones that are made for sensitive teeth. You’ll find a number of toothpastes and mouth rinses on the market that are gentle, safe, and soothing. Ask your dentist for specific recommendations that will meet your needs.

Long-term Treatments  

There are also a number of in-office treatments that are designed to rebuild missing dental structure, so that your nerves are once again protected. Periodontal treatment repairs damaged gum tissue, and dental bonding allows our team to resurface diminished enamel using composite resin.

Our Novato dentists are here to help you reclaim a healthy and comfortable smile. Dental sensitivities are absolutely treatable; we’re here to show you how!