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Teeth Sensitive to Hot or Cold?

Are your teeth or gums sensitive to hot or cold drinks?

While sensitivity does not automatically mean you have a serious oral health issue, tooth pain should not be ignored. At a minimum, if you are experiencing sensitivity please share it with the experienced Greentree team during your next visit. However, if you develop a sudden sensitivity to hot or cold, or any other sudden sensitivity, please contact us right away.

Here are some common causes of sensitivity:


Sensitivity is often an early sign of a cavity. When a tooth experiences decay, small gaps may form between the tooth and the gums leading to sensitivity.

If you are simply experiencing general sensitivity, please share it with the Greentree team during your next visit so we can investigate and offer solutions.

If you have sudden and increased sensitivity with one specific tooth, it is a telltale sign of a potential cavity.


Inflamed or sore gums may lead to sensitivity and are a sign that you may be on the path to gingivitis or gum disease. Receding gums can also cause roots to be exposed leading to heightened sensitivity.

If your gums bleed a little or become sore when brushing or flossing, let us know during your next visit. You may be in the early stages of gingivitis or you may need to use less pressure when brushing or floss more often. Sometimes sensitivity is the result of missing a regular cleaning. If you are experiencing sensitivity and you missed your last appointment, call today to set up an appointment.

If you are experiencing highly sensitive or inflamed gums, it’s important to contact us right away.


Any crack in your tooth, filling or crown can allow liquid to seep into the roots leading to heightened sensitivity. It is important to have the situation fixed as soon as possible to minimize any further damage.

If you notice damage to a tooth, filling or a crown, please contact us right away.


If you regularly clench or grind your teeth, the enamel on your teeth begins to break down and expose the dentin leading to increased sensitivity.

If you notice a tendency to clench or grind your teeth, please let the Greentree team know during your next visit. We have solutions to help remedy the situation.


Food and drinks high in acidic content (soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, citrus fruits) can cause irritation on the gum line leading to an increase in sensitivity.

If you choose highly acidic food or drinks, we recommend you do not swish them around or let them linger in your mouth. We would also advise against brushing for at least 30 minutes after consuming highly acidic food or drink because the enamel or dentin may be more susceptible to abrasion.

With a passion for your lifelong oral health, we are ready to help you with any sensitivity issues you may be experiencing. Please let us know during your regular appointment if you are having issues or contact us today if you are experiencing any sudden increase in sensitivity or pain.

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