Everyone has taken a bite of a cold ice cream cone at one point or another and had their teeth hurt, but if you find that every time you eat hot or cold food your teeth hurt, this may be a sign of a bigger issue.
As we get older, it is common for people to experience increases in sensitivity in their teeth. One of the most common signs of this is your teeth hurting when you eat hot or cold foods. Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, results when the enamel of our teeth is thin or when our gums don’t properly cover the surface of the tooth.
The cause can be something as simple as brushing your teeth too hard or too much or with a rough tooth brush or as complex as tooth erosion from acidic foods and beverages. Bulimia and GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, therefore put people at a higher risk for developing tooth sensitivity. In general, tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn enamel, and exposed tooth root all cause sensitivity.
The best way to avoid tooth sensitivity is simply practicing good oral hygiene. If you do however develop tooth sensitivity, your dentist can help provide you with a treatment such as desensitizing toothpaste. Generally though, tooth sensitivity comes from another, more serious untreated oral issue. Most often, dentists will end up treating this, and the sensitivity will go away.
While teeth sensitivity is normally only an issue when its is a constant or recurring issue, if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, be sure to talk to your dentist about the possible cause of the issue and possible treatment options. No one likes wincing when you go to eat your ice cream cone, and you shouldn’t have to.