Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to Hot/Cold Foods & Beverages?

There are a number of reasons why your teeth may be sensitive to hot and/or cold foods and drinks. Here, we’ll reveal some of the most common causes.

man holding his jaw with tooth sensitivity

You Brush Too Aggressively

When you brush your teeth with too much force, this can cause your enamel to actually wear away over time. Because your enamel is the hard shell that protects the more sensitive parts of your teeth, the weaker your enamel, the more those sensitive parts become exposed, including microscopic canals and tubes that lead directly to the nerves in your teeth. When these are left exposed, hot and cold foods can make your teeth feel very uncomfortable.

You Grind Your Teeth

Your strong enamel is no match for your grinding habit. As you grind your teeth, that enamel slowly wears away to expose those tubes and canals as well as the dentin, the sensitive layer beneath the surface of your tooth.

You Have Gum Disease

Your gums recede as you age and this makes you more susceptible to developing gum disease, which in turn causes tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks.

You Use Tooth Whitening Products

There are a number of people who are sensitive to the chemicals used in tooth whitening products and they then feel sensitive to hot and cold beverages and food. If you use tooth whitening toothpaste or strips or gels, you may want to rethink it entirely or at least give your teeth some time to be free of the chemicals.

Your Diet Is High in Acidic Foods & Drinks

If you eat and drink a lot of acidic things, such as lemons, grapefruit, soda, tomato sauce, and even wine, you could be wearing away at your enamel and causing your teeth to become more sensitive to temperature.

You Recently Underwent Dental Treatment

People often experience teeth sensitivity to temperature after they’ve had an extraction, gotten a crown, or have had a root canal procedure. This feeling should go away after a short period of time, but if not there might be something else causing the sensitivity so it’s important to call your dentist.

You Have a Lot of Plaque

If you have a lot of plaque buildup on your teeth, this wears away at your enamel and causes your teeth to become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. You can banish this plaque with regular cleanings and checkups, and daily oral health care.

If you have any other questions about why your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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