Breathe Deeply Even During Cold Weather Months

By Catherine M. Fascilla, D.D.S.

Does a breath of cold air make your teeth hurt? One of the consequences of aging can be teeth that are sensitive to breathing cold air, and drinking hot and cold liquids. This common ailment is caused by the gradual recession of gum tissue which exposes the sensitive roots.

Brushing too aggressively or using hard bristled toothbrushes are often causes of root exposure. Teeth have an inner surface called the dentin which is sensitive to temperature and more prone to decay that the outer layer of enamel. When the roots are exposed, there is no protective enamel to prevent sensitivity, and the teeth can appear discolored at the gumline since the exposed dentin is a darker, yellowish color. In addition, you may become prone to root cavities if the area of exposed dentin is not protected.

Fortunately, your dentist can use a simple bonding procedure to protect exposed roots and relieve your discomfort. By using a tooth colored material to cover the affected areas, you can receive the important benefits of reduced sensitivity as well as a more natural, attractive smile.

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