Today we will talk about how cold weather can actually make your teeth hurt and how to prevent it. Cold temperatures can make your teeth sensitive, especially if you walk outside in the cold weather and take a big deep breath through your mouth. Let’s talk about the reasons why this happens and how to manage it.
Number One: Sudden changes in temperature.
Even if you don’t typically experience sensitive teeth, major changes in temperature can make your teeth hurt. If you are in a warm house and step outside into thirty or forty-degree weather, you might notice that your teeth definitely feel a little tenderer than a few minutes prior. Especially if you open your mouth to talk to somebody or take a big deep breath.
Number Two: Gum recession.
Gum disease and aggressive tooth brushing, among other reasons, can cause your gum to recede. When the gum receded, the tooth roots are exposed and they tend to be fairly hypersensitive to outside stimuli, such as a glass of cold water or walking in cold weather.
Number Three: Thin enamel or sensitive nerves.
Some of us just have more sensitive teeth than others. The reason could be that you have an overactive enlarged or damaged dental nerve, which is more prone to sensitivity than others. Or if you have generally thin enamel because of acid erosion or acid reflux disease, you might experience similar sensations during temperature changes.
Number Four: Tooth trauma.
A dying or damaged tooth can experience major sensitivity pain when exposed to cold or hard food. It is especially important to know that heat sensitivity tends to be more related to abscess or infection. Cold sensitivity can generally relate to it as well. But if you do have heat sensitivity, see your dentist as soon as possible. Especially if you remember being heat in that part of your mouth. Like a car accident, the pain could be a deliberate action. It’s noticed a tooth nerve began to die as long as seven to ten years or more after a traumatic injury.
Number Five: Cavities.
Most cavities do not have any symptoms, but once they start to get large, you may notice signs of sweet sensitivity, pain when biting down, or a cold sensation coming to be specific to it. If you notice that these come to be specific in your mouth appose to all of your teeth, it could mean that something is wrong with a particular tooth.
Number Six: Large, leaky dental restorations.
All dental fillings sometimes gradually give out. If you have an old server, it might gradually start to leak and create a tiny gap in between the margin of the filling and your tooth. This development can make your teeth more sensitive and more prone to fracturing which can definitely relate to a cold-sensitive feeling.
Number Seven: Teeth Grinding.
Chronic clenching and grinding, also known as Bruxism, can create tiny chips on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. If you clench and grind on a constant basis, those damaged surfaces will naturally be more sensitive to drops of temperatures. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of just getting used to it because physically enamel is supposed to be covering them. And once it’s gone, it can’t go back.
So how do we relieve those causes?
Most of them are preventable, such as cavities and leaky restorations, you should schedule regular dental checkups. Your dentist and dental hygienist can help rule out any minor issues before they become major problems. Even with gum recession and teeth grinding, they can offer you certain official treatments and custom-made plans to help you to comfort. But until you are able to schedule the next appointment at your dental office, here are three things you can try right now at home.
1. Use sensitive toothpaste.
This sensitive toothpaste can work wonders on sensitive teeth. But the key is starting to use it ahead of time. You really need about two weeks of using sensitive toothpaste every day before it works to its potential. Then you have to keep using it.
2. Try not to breathe with your mouth.
Taking a big gasp of air when the weather is cold is a sure way to make your teeth hurt.
3. Bundle up.
If your face is exposed, your teeth are more prone to get cold. So wear a scarf or mask or something to go around your mouth and keep warm.
Hope this will be helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.