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Can Cold Drinks and Food Hurt My Teeth?

Having cold-sensitive teeth is a common experience that people too often brush off as not being significant. There are, in fact, quite a few different reasons that pain when eating cold foods or drinking cold beverages might be a problem.


At Monastery Dental, a branch of the Oakville Dental Offices of Dr. Ray Liu, we offer family dentistry services to everyone in the Oakville area. Although the pain associated with drinking cold beverages might only last for a brief period of time, it’s still reason enough to see a dentist soon. This kind of pain is often a symptom of a deeper problem, such as:


  • Using too much whitener or other powerful dental product. The main reason we experience pain when we eat or drink cold things is that the cold food or liquid is touching an exposed nerve in our teeth. Two ways to wear away your enamel are to overuse bleach-based or very abrasive whitening products.
  • Grinding your teeth. Another way to damage the enamel on your teeth is to grind them. It can wear down the protective outer layer and expose the nerves below.
  • Cracks in your teeth. If you’ve suffered any trauma to your mouth and have been more sensitive to cold food and drinks ever since, it’s possible that you’ve also cracked one of your teeth. Cracks can be large or small but liquid can get into pretty much any space, big or small, and cause pain if you have an exposed nerve.
  • Gum disease and gum recession. Damage to the tooth itself isn’t the only way to expose a nerve, however. If you have gum recession or a gum disease like gingivitis, it can also expose nerves.
  • Tooth decay. Of course, one of the most common ways to expose the nerves in your teeth to cold is through a good, old-fashioned cavity. If you are experiencing any pain when you eat, it’s best to be safe and visit an Oakville dentist to be sure that you take care of the problem before it becomes worse.


At Monastery Dental, we’re experts in family dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign products, cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dentistry. No matter how big or small your problem is, we’re here to help you in a supportive and comfortable environment. Contact us today at our Oakville office to find out more about how we can help you with your oral health or to make an appointment.



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