Are Your Teeth More Sensitive in the Winter?

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When you’re drinking something cold, even the slightest bit of tooth sensitivity can cause a radiating pain throughout your mouth, head, or entire body. As the temperatures continue to drop, you might notice that it’s not necessary to consume something cold to feel the sting in your teeth, but is it necessarily because of the weather?

Sensitive teeth treatmentCauses of Tooth Sensitivity

Even though the cold can increase the feeling of pain or sensitivity, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the primary reason for your teeth aching. There are a number of reasons that your teeth could be feeling a bit more sensitive, such as:

Teeth Grinding

As the enamel on your teeth weakens, they lose a layer of protection. Because of this loss of protection, your teeth begin to feel more sensitive to outside factors. Teeth grinding is a direct cause of your enamel wearing away over time.

Loose Fillings

If the nerve of a tooth is exposed, things with extreme temperatures or consistencies can get down into the tooth and cause excruciating pain. If your filling is loose or removed you may feel this pain.

Intense Brushing

A lot of people tend to think that brushing your teeth more aggressively means that you’ll get them cleaner faster. However, brushing in an aggressive manner  can cause the enamel on your teeth to quickly break down, which then makes your teeth more sensitive to things like cold air.

Acidic Drinks

One of the most common causes of sensitive teeth is the consumption of very acidic drinks. Beverages like coffee and soda can cause a quick breakdown of enamel, resulting in sensitive teeth. In addition, the temperature extremes of a beverage, whether hot or cold, can cause your teeth to hurt more than they would if they were lukewarm.

How to Prevent My Teeth from Aching

If you’re experiencing sensitive teeth, regardless of the weather, there are a few steps that you may be able to take to avoid any pain.

Change Your Toothbrush

Changing your toothbrush should be something you do often, but if you find your teeth staying sensitive while using the same style of toothbrush, you may want to try and use something a bit softer. If you brush your teeth multiple times a day, this will become a much needed break to build up your enamel.

Don’t Drink Acidic Drinks

Avoiding coffees and sodas is difficult, especially during the winter. However, a quick solution for your sensitive teeth is to avoid those drinks. Change to water, or less acidic and sugary juices, and your teeth will become stronger in the process.

Keep the Cold Air Out

This may seem like a no-brainer, but when you breathe in cold air, you are actually causing sensitivity issues for your teeth. Combat this by keeping a light scarf over your mouth while walking outside. Just as you would keep you skin warm, you’re doing the same for your mouth. If you don’t cover your mouth, your first instinct is to breathe in all of that cold air, causing sensitivity.

Change Your Toothpaste

Even if it’s just a seasonal thing, changing your toothpaste to something that focuses on sensitivity (like Sensodyne), can help your teeth hurt less. Sometimes, your teeth are sensitive to a specific ingredient in the toothpaste that you use, so trial and error is the only way to determine. However, these specialized toothpastes avoid ingredients that can cause sensitivity and get you ahead of the process.

A Healthy Mouth Equals Less Pain

Overall, your end goal should be to maintain healthy teeth and gums. By doing so, you can easily prevent those pesky issues like sensitivity. This season, as the temperatures decrease, take a look at your daily dental regimen and see if there are any things you might be able to change before just blaming the cold! Contact Dr. J.D. Robinette in Hickory, NC at (828) 267-0651 today to learn more about solutions for sensitive teeth.