Man in a white shirt cringes in pain and touches his cheek because his teeth are sensitive to cold

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to Cold?

October 12, 2020 8:00 am | Published by

Do you regularly avoid consuming ice cream, popsicles, hot beverages, or soup to prevent feeling pain in your teeth? You’re likely suffering from tooth sensitivity. In this blog post, we discuss common causes of sensitive teeth and how you can gain relief.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Reasons for temporary sensitive teeth include a sinus infection, recent dental work, and teeth whitening. Fortunately, tooth sensitivity that is caused by a procedure such as whitening tends to fade away after a few days.

Enamel erosion is a common cause of chronic tooth sensitivity. This can occur because of poor oral hygiene, bruxism (or chronic teeth clenching and grinding), and a diet high in carbohydrates, sugar, and acidic foods and beverages. Gum recession from aggressive toothbrushing or gum disease can expose the sensitive areas of your tooth, leading to painful sensations when exposed to hot and cold.

If you know that you grind your teeth at night, you should invest in a custom mouthguard to protect your tooth enamel. This is one of our many services offered at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry!

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

Some patients experience a dramatic reduction in tooth sensitivity by using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste every time they brush. However, if an anti-sensitivity toothpaste doesn’t help, our team can still help you find a solution to reduce your discomfort.

If your teeth aren’t typically sensitive, but you have noticed that they are suddenly sensitive and you haven’t whitened your smile recently, that can be an indication that there is an underlying problem that requires urgent treatment. Sudden tooth sensitivity can indicate that a tooth has been damaged through excessive decay or trauma, and an infection has developed.

Please contact our team at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry as soon as possible so we can examine your teeth and come up with a personalized treatment plan!

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