Have you noticed that your jaw and teeth are increasingly more sensitive to cold and hot? Maybe it is that you took a swig of a cold glass of tea and winced as your jaw began throbbing in pain; or perhaps you inhaled deep on a brutally cold winter’s day and winced as it felt like needles jabbing into your jaw.
Whatever the scenario may be, sensitivity to hot and cold means that you may have some oral health concerns that need addressing.
Why Am I Sensitive to Hot and Cold?
The reasons why your mouth may now be sensitive to hot and/or cold are plentiful. One being that the root to one or more teeth may have become exposed. The roots of the teeth are normally protected by the gum tissue.
Under the gum tissue lies hundreds of tiny tubules called dentin that are connected to nerve endings. When the dentin becomes exposed, for whatever reason – be it gum recession or enamel erosion – big problems can arise.
Additional causes for sensitive teeth, gums or jaw can be contributed to aggressive brushing, teeth grinding, and/or high consumption of acidic beverages.
What Should I Do?
If you are experiencing issues with a sensitive jaw, teeth or gums it is important that you talk to your dentist at your earliest convenience. There are things that you can do to proactively attempt to remedy the situation prior to talking to your dentist.
For one, you can begin brushing with a fluoride containing toothpaste to help build up the tooth enamel. You can also do your best to keep the mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria by rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash or warm salt water. You can even use a fluoride containing toothpaste and rub it directly into the gums, almost like an ointment.
The most important thing that you can do if you are struggling with jaw sensitivity to cold and/or hot beverages or foods is to talk to your dentist. He/she can offer you many at-home remedies that can help relieve you of your symptoms.
Please contact us if you have any questions about teeth sensitivity to hot or cold.