Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Cold?

Summer treats are some of our favorites–popsicles, ice cream bars, milkshakes, and slushies are delicious, and perfect for cooling down when it’s hot outside. However, biting into a popsicle only for your teeth to suddenly start to hurt can really put a damper on snack time! Here are some potential causes and solutions when your teeth are sensitive to cold. popsicles in a stack

Most times, teeth become painful when exposed to cold foods because the enamel has worn down, revealing the sensitive cementum and dentin beneath. Dentin is what transmits temperature to the nerves of teeth, so when it’s not well protected by enamel, you can really get a shock! Enamel can get worn down because of bad brushing habits, orthodontic treatments, or clenching or grinding your teeth. Of course, your teeth could also be sensitive to the cold because of cavities, loose or missing fillings, chips, or cracks.

If your teeth are uncomfortably sensitive to cold, speak to your dentist to discern the cause and proper treatment. The sooner you know the cause, the sooner treatment can begin and you can get some relief. Potential at-home treatments may include special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, dietary changes, or additional fluoride treatments. For more serious cases, you may need to visit your dentist for crowns or bonded fillings, gum grafting, or a root canal.

If you find yourself avoiding cold drinks or popsicles, call Jordan Dentistry! We can answer your questions or set up an appointment to take a closer look at what’s causing your problem.

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