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Why Does My Teeth Hurt When I drink Cold Water?

Updated on July 7, 2013

What causes the pain?

This is something that can happen to anybody during their lifetime, but there is one common cause for this condition. Usually, you will feel pain in your teeth whenever you drink or eat something cold because your teeth is highly sensitive. Unfortunately, there are so many things that could cause teeth to become highly sensitive. Therefore, it is a bit difficult to pinpoint the main cause of the problem. If the pain does not go away after a week, it is best to consult a medical professional immediately. First, we will examine some of the common factors of this dental condition. Teeth sensitivity can occur due to your dental habits. For example, you may be brushing too hard. This may cause irritation along your gum-line. The last thing you want is to wear down your teeth enamel, causing processes such as gum recession to occur. When gum recession occurs, the gum basically pulls away from the teeth. This leaves the dentin exposed. With the dentin exposed, you will start feeling pain whenever you drink something cold because the exposed area is not used to receiving such a substance.

Another common cause is gum disease. There are several common gum diseases such as periodontal disease and gingivitis. When you have gum disease, your gum tissue becomes inflamed and very sore. The sensitivity from this soreness could be the reason for the sudden pain you feel in your mouth.

Last but not least, teeth sensitivity pain could occur because you started using tooth whitening products. For some people, teeth whitening products can cause a reaction in your gum because there is suddenly a high concentration of peroxide that most whitening products tend to have. If you have been using such products recently, stop applying those products and see if your condition changes after a few days.

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How to reduce pain

There are several ways you can avoid feeling pain in your teeth and gum tissues. The most important thing is to maintain great oral hygiene. For example, make sure you brush your teeth straight after every meal. Don't forget to floss as well. Flossing is just as important as brushing because it gets rid of any remaining food debris. By giving your teeth a good cleaning, you avoid any chances of bacteria buildup in your gum tissues. Also, if you have been using a hard-bristled toothbrush recently, consider changing to a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will result in less abrasion on your teeth and gum.

Another tip is to watch what you eat. Avoid food that can cause your teeth to become highly sensitive. For example, avoid eating too much acidic food. Such products include citrus fruits such as orange, lemons, and grapefruits.

Another important tip is to give your local dentist a regular visit. One other cause of teeth sensitivity is a build up in plaque. A dental plaque is basically a pale yellow substance that builds up on your teeth. If you have been maintaining a healthy dental habit, you probably won't have much, but if you do have them, it is important to get rid of them as the presence of them alone causes high tooth sensitivity.

Dentist treatments

There are several types of medical treatments you can also get in extreme situations. For example, dentists may apply a chemical called fluoride on your teeth in order to strengthen the teeth enamel, and effectively reduce the sensitivity pain. A dentist may also prescribe you special toothpaste. By using something called desensitized toothpaste, you can reduce any pain associated with teeth sensitivity. Last but not least, a dentist may have to place a root canal for extreme conditions. A root canal treatment removes the infected nerves and pulp in the tooth. The pulp and nerves have to be removed as bacteria tend to buildup inside the pulp chamber. The key for most teeth sensitivity situations is to get rid of the bacteria as soon as possible. The root canal treatment should be used as a last resort remedy because there is a lot of pain involved with the procedure. That said, it may be necessary if nothing natural can be done to save your teeth from decaying even further.

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      Linda Tucker 2 months ago from Bay Point

      Your teeth probably are hurting you after you have eaten or drunk something cold, because you may have tooth sensitivity, tooth enamel erosion, damaged your gum tissues from brushing your teeth with a hard bristled toothbrush, over using a whitening product or have tooth decay.