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Too Hot Or Too Cold: 3 Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity

Can you feel that change of season? Fall is here and, as we Midwesterners know, winter is not far off. When it comes to your teeth, temperature changes of several kinds may affect your oral health. The temperature changes associated with tooth sensitivity are primarily related to consumption of hot or cold food and beverages.

In fact, teeth sensitivity to one or the other extreme can indicate overarching oral conditions. Colgate lists the following three conditions as typical causes of tooth sensitivity:

#1 Enamel Erosion

The purpose of enamel is to protect your teeth. Thus, when this protective layers is worn down and striped away, teeth begin to decay, which leave nerves vulnerable to the elements.

Age, too much acid or sugar consumption, and acid reflux are three common culprits that contribute to enamel erosion.

#2 Cavities

Sensitivity to hot or cold products is often a sign that a cavity is festering in your mouth.

#3 Receding Gums

A typical side-effect of gum disease of gingivitis, receding gums can cause serious pain upon consumption of hot or cold items.

When your gums recede, this exposes the layer of your teeth called dentin, which is not as resistant as the outer layers of your teeth.

Depending on your condition, you may be able to treat the issue simply by changing certain behavioral habits. On the other hand, the remedy may require more involved treatment.

If you experience tooth sensitivity, schedule an appointment to speak with your dentist.


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