How the Cold Affects Teeth Sensitivity

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As durable as our teeth may be, they aren’t always exempt from tooth sensitivity due to cold temperatures. Our teeth are porous, and cold air causes them to contract and expand once they’re heated again. If your teeth are frequently exposed to sudden changes in temperature, they may develop tiny cracks over time. While these cracks may not be visible, they can increase your tooth sensitivity.

Common Reasons for Extreme Tooth Sensitivity Due to Cold Weather

While a minimal amount of sensitivity to changes in temperatures is normal, if you’re experiencing severe tooth pain when your teeth are greeted by cold air, it may be from an underlying dental problem. These are some of the most common causes for weather-induced tooth sensitivity:

  • Cracked teeth
  • Recessed or retracted gums
  • Cavities
  • Infected teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Defective dental crown or bridge
  • Defective tooth fillings

Ways to Protect Your Teeth From the Cold

If you’re outdoors in cold weather, breathe in and out through your nose if possible. This will keep the cold away from your teeth and help keep them warm. Another way to reduce tooth sensitivity is to keep up with your oral hygiene. Using a fluoride mouthwash once or twice a day can add a layer of protection for the sensitive areas in your mouth. Also remember to floss regularly to prevent gum recession and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your enamel.

If you’re experiencing painful tooth sensitivity on a regular basis, schedule a consultation with Jones Creek Family Dentistry so our experienced dentist, Dr. Jones, can diagnose the issue and discuss your treatment options. If severe tooth sensitivity goes untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems and increased discomfort in the future. Contact our office today. We look forward to taking care of your dental needs, and helping you get back to optimal oral health.

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