f you have had relatively healthy teeth most of your life and suddenly develop mild pain in a tooth or all of your teeth, then it can feel very alarming. Even if the pain is mild, the fact that your teeth don't feel normal can lead you to worry that you have a major problem. Visit a dentist any time you begin experiencing tooth sensitivity, but first be aware of what the cause may be.
1. Pain in All Teeth when They Are Exposed to Extreme Temperatures
Pain when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold foods, air, and/or beverages can signal a sudden development of tooth sensitivity, but this sensitivity has many potential causes. While some cases of tooth sensitivity don't have a cause, others do. Before you decide that you just have tooth sensitivity and will have to use a special toothpaste for life, determine if you may have caused the sensitivity by engaging in one of the following habits. You can then cut out the habit to allow your teeth to heal.
Over-bleaching. If you have been using at-home whitening kits and/or toothpastes frequently, then you may have damaged your tooth enamel by causing it to wear away. Stop whitening your teeth and using all teeth-whitening products, including rinses and toothpastes.
Over-brushing. Yes, you can brush too much and too hard. If you recently had a not-so-good dental check-up and soon began brushing more often and more firmly to help ward of decay, you may be damaging your teeth and causing them to be sensitive. Switch back to using a soft toothbrush gently on your teeth just three times each day.
Acidic food. Also, consider any recent changes in your diet, such as a new love for lemonade or anything else acidic. Too much acid in your diet, especially in beverages you sip, may be wearing at your enamel. Cut out the acidic offenders until your teeth feel better, then enjoy them only occasionally.
2. Throbbing Pain in One Tooth Only when Exposed to Hot or Cold
If only one tooth hurts when exposed to hot or foods, beverages, or air, then the most likely cause is a cavity in that tooth. Since a cavity is a small spot of worn away tooth tissue, then the nerve underneath the spot is not as protected from the outside, even if the cavity is not so deep that it exposes the pulp.
This causes the nerve to react to extreme temperatures by signaling pain, and if you have your tooth treated before the pain becomes constant, there is a good chance you may only need a filling and not a more extensive root canal.
If your teeth hurt when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, then alert a professional dentist, like those at Dental-Med Finch & Keele Family Dentistry, and be truthful about any of these factors that may be the cause. He or she can then have all of the information needed to help make your teeth pain-free again.