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How to Handle Heat Sensitive Teeth

How to Handle Heat Sensitive Teeth

Heat sensitive teeth are not uncommon in American adults, according to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral-B. In this survey, 22 percent of 1000 respondents reported heat sensitive teeth or cold sensitive teeth when exposed to hot or cold food or drinks. (1)

The Hot Story on Heat Sensitive Teeth

The causes of heat sensitive teeth are similar to those for cold sensitive teeth, including early stage tooth decay or gum disease, excessive use of teeth-whitening products, and excessive tooth grinding.

But if you suffer from heat sensitive teeth, consider these less obvious possible causes of both cold sensitive and heat sensitive teeth:

  • Dental Procedures: If you have received a new tooth crown or filling, a deep-cleaning procedure, or a basic professional cleaning you may experience short term heat sensitive teeth following the procedure. Follow up with your dentist if cold or heat sensitive teeth persist more than four to six weeks after a dental procedure.
  • Acids Ffrom everyday Food and Drinks: Heat sensitive teeth can occur if the teeth are exposed acids from food and drinks that can cause irreversible enamel loss.Look for oral care products formulated to protect against teeth sensitivity. (3)


  1. Survey, “The Public Speaks Up on Oral Health Care.”

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