Woman with teeth sensitive to cold

13 Jul What to Do When Your Teeth Are Sensitive to Cold

The food you love shouldn’t be hurting you, especially if it’s causing pain in your mouth that’s not an allergic reaction. If your teeth are sensitive to cold from having ice cream or having a cold drink it may be nothing or it may be worth a visit to the dentist. We help you roughly identify the severity of your issues and how to treat them with our guide below.

What Are Some Common Causes of Your Teeth Being Sensitive to Cold?

If your teeth are sensitive to the cold it’s not an immediate cause for alarm especially if the pain subsides. However, there may be underlying issues if the pain continues or flares up again later.

One common underlying cause is tooth decay or gum disease. If your cold-sensitive teeth also hurt when you aren’t eating or drinking something cold, you could be in the early stages of tooth decay or gum disease. Often this is due to a buildup of plaque that’s not been treated. Other potential (and more serious) issues may be a cracked tooth, exposed nerve roots, or receding gums.

Less worrisome causes of teeth that are sensitive to cold include brushing too hard or grinding your teeth. Both can wear down the enamel or your teeth making them more susceptible to hot or cold temperatures.

Man brushing sensitive teeth with soft toothbrush and sensitive toothpaste

How Can You Treat Your Teeth Being Sensitive to the Cold?

If the pain persists in your teeth even after eating or drinking it’s best to see a dentist so they can diagnose the true cause of your pain.

However, in milder cases (like overbrushing) it’s best to simply avoid more acidic and cold foods. You can also use a softer bristle toothbrush and switch to a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth.

If you’re ever unsure whether your teeth being sensitive to the cold is serious or not, booking an appointment with your dentist is the best course of action.



Get a complete diagnosis as to why your teeth may be sensitive to the cold with the help of our team. Book an appointment with us today!