Pain Reaction To Cold

Tis the season to be jolly, and any of us with a sensitive tooth will know what that means- horrible painful jabs of tooth pain every time the front door opens. The cold weather will bring out the worst in family and friends who have a tooth that is sensitive to any sensations, particularly cold ones, and this can in fact ruin the holiday season for many families. Deal with that tooth today! Here is a short article on why we get sensitive teeth, why cold is so common, and how best to deal with this problem before the holidays start.

Tooth sensitivity

The tooth is not a solid structure as some may have you believe. It feels like a small piece of bone, but it is not just an undifferentiated hard piece. It is made of similar material as bone is, to be sure, but it is layered with easily identifiable structures that coalesce and merge to provide us with our amazing chompers. These structures are no 100%, though, and if any bits or pieces are missing, then there is a problem.

The mushy bits

Much of the tooth is actually quite soft, malleable and chalky. These soft structures are covered with a hard layer of Cementum and an even harder layer of tooth enamel. These soft structures are there to communicate information to the dental nerve, and if they are exposed to the outside elements, they will send a pain message to the brain. The more enamel is missing, the more the mushy bits will be exposed, and the more frequent and intense the pain reactions will be.

What to do

There are several kinds of toothpastes, ointments, gels and foams that you can put on the tooth and these elixirs will dull the nerve so that you will not feel pain...until they wear off. These are good and harmless solutions, but they are only half mast, as they do not treat the root cause of the problem. To deal with tooth sensitivity, you need to deal with the issues that are causing this sensitivity to occur. And that can only be dealt with by a trained dental professional.

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