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There may be many reasons why your teeth hurt when you drink something that's very cold. Some of these reasons may have to do with dental conditions that your dentist can help treat you for. However, there can also be other reasons that you won't be able to have fixed with a visit to your dentist. While you do want to go in for an exam to rule out dental issues, you should still be aware of some of the other possibilities. The information here will introduce you to some of the many causes of sensitive teeth.
As you get older, your teeth will change. You will begin to lose some of the bone in your jaw and this will cause your gums to recede. As they recede more of your teeth will be exposed. This causes the nerves to be a bit closer to the surface. This means that drinking cold things will have more of an effect on those nerves which is what causes the sensitivity.
If you grind your teeth when you are asleep, then it can cause extra wear and tear on your teeth. This causes some of the protective enamel of your teeth to get thinner. This enamel is what makes your teeth so strong and adds more protection for the underlying root and nerves. When you remove some of it and add in the extra stress you are putting your teeth under, it can lead to your teeth being extra-sensitive.
Tooth care products
Sometimes the products you use to care for your teeth can increase the chances of them being sensitive. For example, some mouthwash products contain acids that can increase the chances of pain if your teeth are already at risk. This means the product may not be enough to cause sensitivity in perfectly healthy teeth, but it can push you over the edge if you were already at risk.
If you fracture one or more of your teeth, you may not always know it. You may fracture a tooth so slightly that you won't feel the pain of the fracture. However, it may still create a weakness in the tooth that causes you to feel a bit of pain when you drink something too cold.
Now that you have more of an understanding of what can make your teeth sensitive, you can try harder to do what it takes to avoid it. For more information, contact dentists like Dr. Robert Petrtyl.