Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat or Drink Something Cold? Cold Sensitive Teeth

 In Dental Talk - Tumwater Family Dentistry Blog

Have you ever taken a sip of cold water or took a bite of ice cream only to have a sharp, stinging pain develop around your teeth? If you have, you could be suffering from what dentists call cold sensitive teeth.

Read ahead to learn more about cold sensitive teeth and discover some ways you can prevent your teeth from being in pain after eating or drinking something cold.

Why Do My Teeth Hurt When Exposed to Cold Food or Drink?

Your teeth hurt when you drink or eat something that is cold because the nerves are exposed. The nerves on your teeth are exposed when the gums, which are supposed to protect your teeth, start to recede, when tooth decay has worn away at the enamel of your teeth, or other problems occur to your teeth such as cracks. These problems cause the nerves on your teeth to be exposed and come into direct contact with the cold food or drink which causes the pain you experience.

How to Avoid Experiencing Pain If You Have Cold Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth are sensitive to the cold, there are a few things you can do to help avoid experiencing that sharp, stinging pain every time you eat or drink something cold. Some of the things you can do include:

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush as this helps to protect your teeth and won’t cause damage to the enamel around your teeth
  • Use a toothpaste that is specifically designed for sensitive teeth
  • Avoid any foods or drinks that are too cold. If you can’t avoid it, try to eat it in such a way that the cold food or drink won’t come into direct contact with your teeth.

If you have cold sensitive teeth, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure you aren’t suffering from a severe dental problem such as an abscess or cavity. Sometimes abscesses and cavities can cause sensitivity to cold. It is best to have a dentist check to make sure your teeth are just sensitive and not suffering from any of these problems.

Contact Tumwater Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment for a routine dental exam. Our dentist can help determine if there is a problem causing your cold sensitive teeth.

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