How Cold and Hot Drinks Lead to Tooth Sensitivity – Expert Explains

A decent set of teeth does not necessarily refer to sparkling, perfectly aligned teeth, but encompasses healthy teeth. However, this is not always the case, as can be seen in people with sensitive teeth. Most certainly, it is not an enviable state. Tooth sensitivity occurs when enamel wears down and nerves are exposed. There are several reasons for this, such as crooked teeth, poor oral hygiene, and exposed root surfaces. Then there are edibles and their associated temperatures and ingredients – read hot and cold foods and sweets.

Chipped or cracked teeth can expose the nerves inside, causing increased sensitivity. If the fillings wear out or become loose, they may no longer be effective in protecting the nerves below the area of ​​decay. Dentin can also become an irritant with the excessive use of tooth whiteners like baking soda or lemon. These harsh ingredients can lead to thinning of the enamel layer around the dentin, exposing the tender tubules.

Also, if drinking iced tea, hot coffee, or any other edible at extreme temperatures or at extreme sweetness causes you pain, chances are you have tooth sensitivity.

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How cold and hot drinks lead to tooth sensitivity:

Cold drinks :

Consuming chilled soft drinks, fruit juices and other cold liquids – and ice cream – can irritate sensitive teeth and cause other major health problems, such as cavities, tooth decay and poor health. gums. One of the reasons for receding gums is poor oral hygiene, use of harsh toothbrush and improper brushing procedures, teeth grinding and clenching, and aging.

Hot drinks:

Sensitive teeth can feel great pain with hot drinks or foods heated to extremely high temperatures. This can lead to various dental issues and cause immense pain.

Many foods can cause tooth sensitivity


These words were heard by every person in childhood – “Do not eat too many sweets.” This warning comes with a very good reason. Foods like candies and chocolates have a high sugar content, which fills the cracks in the teeth and causes receding gums. This, in turn, leads to tooth decay, triggers sensitivity, and can also lead to long-term dental problems.

Acid food:

Acidic foods also cause tooth sensitivity. Eating highly acidic foods has the potential to cause two problems – it can damage tooth enamel and weaken the gum line, which then leads to exposure of the inner layer of teeth. The nerve center is more exposed, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. The enamel is seen as a strong shield that protects the crown of the tooth, just above the gumline.

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One way to make brushing sensitive teeth easier is to use a specially designed toothbrush and toothpaste – sensitivity – and soft dental floss. Most anti-sensitivity toothpastes, including leading anti-sensitivity brands, first numb the nerves inside the teeth. They fight sensitivity at the root by treating the gum line.

Don’t ignore the signals: Any sign of tooth sensitivity should trigger immediate action – see your dentist. Tooth sensitivity should not be ignored as it could lead to problems such as bleeding gums and enamel damage, which in turn can lead to long-term dental damage. These problems can be alleviated by brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly.

Author Bio: Dr. Namrata Rupani is the Founder and CEO of Capture Life Dental Care

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