If you've noticed that your teeth have sensitivity to cold, you're not alone. Studies suggest that at least 45 million adults in the United States complain that they suffer from teeth sensitivity to cold, heat, or other stimuli. Some people notice teeth sensitivity to cold after being outside in cold air. (1)
Signs of Teeth Sensitivity to Cold
If you notice persistent sensitivity to cold or heat in your teeth, give them a closer look. Check for lines that could indicate microscopic cracks, and check your gumline to see whether your gums are pulling away from your teeth. Either of these conditions makes it easier for feelings of hot and cold to travel to the nerves in your teeth. (1)
What to Do about Tooth Sensitivity
If you notice unusual teeth sensitivity to cold or heat that persists for several days, make an appointment with your dentist. Sometimes what feels like sensitivity to cold could be a tooth abscess or an unidentified cavity, and prompt treatment is important to keep these problems from getting worse. If you don't have an abscess or cavity, your dentist can recommend products, such as Crest Pro-Health toothpaste, that protects sensitive teeth while fighting cavities, tartar, and plaque. All Crest Pro-Health toothpastes are triclosan free.
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