You go to drink a glass of water with ice. When the cold water hits your teeth, what happens?
It doesn’t feel great for anybody, but some of us are particularly prone to sensitivity when exposed to cold temperatures, and this can be the cause of some anxiety.
“Is this supposed to feel this way?” “Does this mean that something is wrong with my teeth?” “Should I be worried?”
We’ve all had these sorts of thoughts after chugging a glass of cold water too hastily. Well, don’t panic! We’re here to talk about tooth sensitivity from cold temperatures.
Possible Causes Of Cold-Sensitivity
1. Exposure to Acidic Foods
If you consume a lot of acidic foods in your day-to-day life, this may be the cause of your sensitivity to cold temperatures. Topping the list of common acidic foods is marinara sauce, citrus drinks, and mouthwash! No, mouthwash isn’t a food, but it gets a lot of alone-time with your teeth. Some brands of mouthwash are more acidic than others, so check the ingredients and warnings of the back of your bottle!
2. Tooth Decay Near The Gum Lines
Evidence of this kind of tooth decay may not yet be apparent to the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean that you’re off the hook! Young cavities can create tiny holes in the front or back of the tooth near the gum line before manifesting themselves in more obvious ways. These will make your tooth more vulnerable to extreme temperatures. But look on the bright side: at least you caught it early!
3. Receding Gums
Your gum-line may be receding. When areas of a tooth’s root that have always been covered by your gums are uncovered, they become sensitive! Why would your gums be receding? The most common cause is overly aggressive brushing habits. Enthusiasm for oral hygiene is great, but you need to be more delicate with the way you’re treating them. However, genetics, abnormal tooth positioning, and general poor oral hygiene can also play a role.
Gingivitis can have a similar effect as receding gums. Inflamed and/or sore gums can cause a loss of the ligaments that surround the roots of your teeth. This will cause the roots of your teeth to be exposed which will, again, cause heightened sensitivity to extreme temperatures.
5. Grinding Your Teeth
If you grind your teeth in your sleep, or even have a habit of clenching your jaw all day, this can wear down the enamel of your teeth over time, which will make you more sensitive to extreme temperatures. Your spouse may have already commented on hearing your teeth grind at night. This is an easy problem to fix: wear a custom-made mouthguard while you sleep!
6. Run-of-the-mill Paranoia
To a certain extent, we all experience some sensitivity to extremely cold temperatures. It’s good to be mindful of your body, but don’t get too fixated. If tooth sensitivity isn’t a major issue in your life, you’re probably okay.
However, if you want to come get checked out, just to be safe, we’d love to have you in for a visit. Request an appointment today!