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What to do if your teeth are cold sensitive:

Updated: Jan 17

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity to cold, it's important to address the issue to prevent further discomfort and potential dental problems. Here are a few steps you can take:

1. Visit a Dentist: If you haven't already done so, make an appointment to see a dentist. Tooth sensitivity to cold can be caused by various factors, such as tooth decay, gum recession, worn enamel, or dental procedures. A dentist can identify the underlying cause and recommend appropriate treatment.

2. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste: Consider using a desensitizing toothpaste that can help block the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. These toothpastes often contain compounds that help to reduce sensitivity over time.

3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent further sensitivity and dental issues. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent gum disease, which can contribute to tooth sensitivity.

4. Avoid Trigger Foods and Beverages: If cold foods and beverages trigger sensitivity, try to avoid them until you can address the issue with your dentist. Hot, acidic, or sweet foods and drinks can also exacerbate sensitivity in some cases.

5. Consider Using a Mouth guard: If you grind your teeth at night, this can contribute to tooth sensitivity. Using a mouth guard while sleeping can help protect your teeth and alleviate sensitivity caused by grinding.

6. Watch Your Diet: Certain acidic foods and drinks can contribute to tooth sensitivity. Try to minimize consumption of acidic items such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and carbonated beverages.

Remember that while these steps may help alleviate symptoms, they are not a substitute for professional dental care. It's important to consult with a dentist to determine the best course of action for addressing tooth sensitivity.

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