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"Why do I develop gum pain after drinking cold liquids?"
Whenever I drink an ice cold lemonade or frosty beer my gums tingle for a while. Is this normal or do I have dental issues?
Do you have any problems with your teeth such as chipped or discolored teeth? Any gum disease such as gingivitis? Have you noticed any problems with bad breath that does not improve with brushing your teeth? Do you practice appropriate oral hygienic including brushing your teeth after meals and flossing as described by your dentist? Do you follow up with your dentist regularly as described by him or her, usually twice per year? These questions, along with your medical history, presenting symptoms and clinical exam will help your dentists decide upon the appropriate work up and possible treatment options available for these symptoms. This may include labs tests, imaging studies and perhaps even a referral to a specialist depending on what is found. In general, pain along with hot or cold food or drink may be associated with problems with the gums. This may be a sign of underlying tooth decay or gum problems such as gingivitis. It is advisable that you are evaluated by your dentist who can decide upon what possible further work up options are available.
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