East Indy Dentist Discusses Ice Cream & Your Oral Health
As the weather begins to warm up, more people will be indulging in an ice cream cone. The downside to this is that many people find once they have a bite, their teeth begin to hurt. This electric shock to the mouth can often keep people from eating any more ice cream for the remainder of the spring and summer. Let’s find out what causes it.
Why so Sensitive?
There are many reasons you might be experiencing sensitivity in the mouth. The first might just be that your teeth are thin. Teeth are made from a few different layers. The inner layer of the tooth is hollow and is filled with blood vessels and nerves. Covering that is dentin which is a thick layer containing channels filled with fluid. On the top of the tooth, the enamel covers the dentin. This hard, translucent material acts as an insulator to the tooth.
The enamel provides protection from acid, bacteria and temperature changes. The enamel is also strong enough to handle the force which comes from biting. When your enamel fractures or becomes thin, the dentin comes through, leaving the tooth sensitive.
Possible Causes of Enamel Damage Include:
• Grinding the teeth
• Erosion from acid
Another reason for sensitivity could be due to receding gums. When your gums recede, the roots are exposed and the tooth becomes sensitive.
Eat Your Ice Cream
Fight against the sensitivity with these tips:
• Use a desensitizing toothpaste
• Use a fluoride rinse
• Maintain good oral hygiene
• See your dentist if your sensitive teeth don’t seem to get any better
Remember that tooth pain is often a sign of something more serious. It’s always better to have it checked to rule out any potential complications. Your East Indy dentist will be able to set up a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. If you continue to have trouble, some cosmetic bonding might help to strengthen the weak spots. Then, you should be able to enjoy that ice cream without pain. The hardest thing for you do to now is deciding what flavor you want to eat first.
Mitthoeffer Family Dental can be reached at (317) 897-5093. Please give us a call with any questions or to schedule your next appointment!