My Tooth is Sensitive to Hot and Cold

Sensitivity in your teeth usually occurs when your tooth nerves have become irritated in some way. This usually happens when hot or cold liquids are able to move through the inner layer of dentin, which rests below your tooth enamel. If your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold, this may indicate that your tooth enamel has been worn thin, and may also mean that your gums have begun to recede. In addition to being sensitive to liquids, your teeth may also become sensitive to cold air and touch as well.

Is it normal for my tooth to hurt when I drink something cold?

Sensitivity to cold is one of the most common issues reported in the dentist’s chair. It’s currently estimated that more than 40 million patients in the United States have suffered from sensitive teeth at one time or another. This is because as the tooth enamel is worn, the dentin become exposed. Cold moves through the dentin, and comes into contact with the tooth nerve, causing a sharp sensation of pain. This can make it difficult to enjoy cold beverages, even in the heat of summer. You may feel forced to change the way you eat or drink, and this can have a significant impact on your health and enjoyment of life as well.

What should I do if my tooth gets cold when I drink?

There are many over-the-counter toothpastes that can help treat your sensitive teeth. In addition, your dentist may prescribe a toothpaste for you to use as well. Most of all, it is important that you avoid using whitening pastes and products, as these can cause further damage and increase your sensitivity. The same is true of toothpastes with overly abrasive ingredients such as baking soda. Your dentist may also recommend that you switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles. In many cases, patients use toothbrushes that are too hard, which can cause further damage to your tooth enamel. Finally, if these methods aren’t helpful, the dentist can recommend an in-office cleaning and treatment that will help to desensitize your teeth, making it easier for you to enjoy eating and drinking normally once again.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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