My Teeth are Sensitive to Cold – What’s Going on?

Do your teeth hurt when the ice cubes in your glass touch them? Do they ache when you drink chilled beverages or take a bite of ice cream? You may be experiencing the condition commonly known as sensitive teeth. The pain that sensitive teeth causes can be distracting and detrimental to your oral health, in addition to the discomfort you experience.

According to one of the leading dental insurance providers, Delta Dental, “This condition is common – at least 45 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sensitive teeth at some point in their lives – and it is treatable.”

There are a couple of things that can cause teeth to become sensitive to temperature. When the hard enamel of the tooth is worn down, microscopically cracked, and/or your gums recede, the microscopic tubes in the next layer of your teeth – connected to nerve endings – are exposed. Hot and cold temperatures stimulate the cells within these tubes, causing the pain you feel.

A number of things can cause your enamel to wear down or crack. The most common culprits are grinding your teeth, brushing over-aggressively, or consuming acidic beverages too often.

If you have sensitive teeth, there are several things you can do to reduce or eliminate the pain – you don’t have to just live with it!

First things first, avoid brushing too vigorously and dial back the pressure you put on your teeth when brushing them. Second, switch your toothbrush to one with softer bristles, and change your toothpaste to one designed to relieve sensitive teeth. Third and finally, cut back on or stop eating and drinking foods and beverages that are highly acidic (some examples: tomatoes, lemons, oranges, most juices, coffee, and wine).

You should also get a dentist to check up on your teeth to ensure there is no decay or cavities developing. Contact us to schedule your dental examination or cleaning.

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