Summertime! Ahhhhh, the season for icy-cold beverages and tasty, frozen treats. But if the thought of cold foods and liquids makes you wince in pain, you are not alone.

Did you know, 1 in 8 people have sensitive teeth. The tooth pain may last only a short time, but it is uncomfortable.  So, what causes teeth to become so sensitive to hot and cold temperatures?

Above the gum line, teeth are covered with a thin layer of enamel. Just below the enamel is the dentin. The dentin is full of tiny holes, with every hole leading to a tooth’s nerve. When the tooth’s enamel gets worn, the dentin is exposed, and those tiny holes transmit temperature changes directly to the nerve, causing, ouch, pain.

So now to the causes, and there are several!

  • Over-Zealous Brushing – Brushing too hard with a stiff-bristled toothbrush can wear away your enamel
  • Teeth Grinding – Do you grind your teeth at night? Many people grind and clench their teeth from time to time. If done on a regular basis, damage can be done to your teeth
  • Acid Reflux – About 20% of us have acid reflux when we sleep. Stomach acid is not a good thing and can wreak havoc on your teeth damaging tooth enamel
  • Acidic Foods – Eating an excess amount of foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, processed grains, dairy products and many more, are all highly acidic and can erode enamel
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – While it does kill bacteria and helps prevent tooth decay, hydrogen peroxide can, over time, remove tooth enamel
  • Receding Gums –Big problems can happen when your gums recede. Pockets or gaps between the teeth and gum line could mean your teeth are exposed to disease – causing bacteria that can damage tissue and bone structure. And receding gums may result in tooth loss.

Tucson’s expert dentists, Dr. Brei and Dr. Schneider can offer you and your family long-term solutions. Whether you’re looking to prevent or treat sensitive teeth or any other dental concern, be proactive and contact Dr. Brei or Dr. Schneider.

There are many ways to get in touch with the office of Dr. Brei and Dr. Schneider. You can email us at, call us at 520-325-9000, or book an appointment directly. Then be ready to enjoy all the cold, refreshing beverages and foods of summer.