You probably never thought that the words cold, cool and ice had anything to do with dentistry. What do these related parts of speech have in common when it comes to your teeth and gums? Here are some considerations for you the next time you want to chill out.
Experiencing extreme temperature changes inside your mouth is normal. The foods you eat and the drinks you enjoy range from cold to warm and hot depending on what you are consuming. When extreme cold from icy drinks or your favourite chocolate ice cream starts to bother your teeth, you need to take notice.
Sensitivity to temperature change that causes mild to severe pain could be an indication you have a problem with your tooth enamel. Perhaps you have experienced a recent injury or maybe you have been avoiding the dentist’s office. Either way, if you are sensing pain when you eat something cold, have your dentist check it out.
You love your drinks icy cold and when you finish your favourite beverage there are several ice cubes still left in the glass. Tipping the cup back you shake the frozen bits of water into your mouth and begin crunching down. It’s fun, the ice in your mouth turns into little shards that slowly melt and continue to quench your thirst. You need to stop this immediately. Crunching on ice can damage your teeth and lead to a whole lot of issues. You might break a tooth, chip a piece of enamel or damage your dental work.
Freezing is the common name for the process your dentist uses to numb the portion of your mouth where you will be getting a filling, root canal or having a tooth pulled. The term freezing is a bit of a misnomer in that you are not actually having your mouth frozen. The product your dentist uses is a local anesthetic that is injected into your gum tissue to numb the area so you won’t feel any discomfort during the treatment.
This virus affects people of all ages and is annoying. Cold sores can creep up on you when you least expect them and look unpleasant. Having a cold sore is something you want to avoid at all costs. Did you know that your dentist may be able to help rid you of this nasty looking bump? Some cold sores can be diminished or completely dissolved with the use of laser treatments. Ask your dentist if this option is available for you.
You know that a beautiful smile makes you feel great and when you are showing off your white teeth just before the camera flashes you want to look cool. How can you achieve a smile so white that even the snow is jealous of your teeth? Try getting your teeth professionally whitened from your dentist. This treatment takes only about an hour and you can be on your way to enjoy the rest of the day.
Keeping your cool is easy when your oral health is in top shape. Visit your dentist regularly to make sure you can chill out any day of the week.