Having cold sensitivity is not uncommon and usually occurs when nerves are exposed because your gums have receded or your tooth enamel is worn. If your teeth hurt when you are not eating or drinking something that is cold, it might mean you have tooth decay or are in the early stages of gum disease. Other reasons for cold sensitivity include cracks in your teeth that provide a pathway to the nerves, giving you a jolt every time something cold touches your tooth.
Dealing With Sensitive Teeth
If you are dealing with cold sensitivity, here are some suggestions for putting on the brakes:
- Don’t brush too hard, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks that can be attacking your tooth enamel. Stick to foods you can buy at the outer edge of the store, including fruits and vegetables and dairy products such as milk, cheese, and unsweetened yogurt.
- Drink green or black tea or chew sugarless gum.
- Make sure you are not grinding your teeth.
- Take a break from teeth whitening, which can often cause temporary sensitivity.
- Make sure your gums are healthy and that recession is not at the root of the problem.
You can also try one of the many different toothpastes on the market that are specifically designed for teeth that are sensitive.