Do Your Teeth Feel the Effects of Weather Changes?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Hala Badawi
Did you know that very cold weather can cause a variety of oral health problems? These range from chapped lips to pain and sensitivity with your teeth. For many people, sudden sensitivity or toothaches occur at the beginning of the winter season.
Understanding the Cause of Weather-Related Tooth Pain
There are many reasons that your teeth may experience tooth pain during the winter:
Contractions. Temperature changes can cause the teeth to contract, and these pressure changes may result in tooth pain.
Thermal stress. The temperature inside of our mouths will vary frequently. The food that you eat, air you breathe, and beverages you drink can all lead to temperature changes. The front teeth are especially prone to major temperature fluctuations, and this thermal stress can lead to tooth pain and sensitivity.
Sinus pressure and allergies. Sinus and allergy issues soar in the winter, and they can lead to pain and swelling within the nasal cavity. These problems can be mistaken for a toothache.
Dentin exposure and eroded enamel can also make the teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperature extremes, which could lead to pain and discomfort.
How to Avoid Weather-Related Tooth Pain
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid tooth pain when the weather gets cold. These tips can help:
Breathe in and out through your nose, which will minimize contact of cold air with your teeth
Take a hot beverage outdoors with you to keep your teeth warm
Use a mouthwash containing fluoride at least once per day
If you suffer from sensitivity, purchase desensitizing toothpaste, which will help to strengthen your enamel
By taking the right precautions, you can enjoy your favorite wintertime activities outdoors without oral health issues. Regular cleanings with your dentist can also help to keep your mouth healthy, so call us today to set up your next appointment.