Cold weather can be hard on your joints and skin—and surprisingly, your teeth. Some people experience increased toothaches in the winter, especially those with sensitive teeth. Here’s why this happens and what you can do to find some relief.
Why Do I Get Toothaches in the Winter?
If you’re among the 40 million adults in America who have sensitive teeth, winter may be an especially difficult season. If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the cold, icy wind can cause your teeth and gums to sting — just as if you’d bitten into a cold popsicle.
Your teeth experience some of the widest temperature ranges of any part of your body because they’re exposed to hot foods as well as cold foods and temperatures. These fluctuations can cause small cracks and can cause fillings to expand and contract. These tiny cracks can expose the sensitive layer beneath the protective enamel, causing increased sensitively.
How Can I Relieve Winter Teeth & Gum Pain?
The solution may be as simple as switching to a sensitivity toothpaste. If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush, switch to a soft-bristled one, and avoid brushing too vigorously. This can contribute to gum recession, which will expose the sensitive roots of the teeth.
You may also have bruxism—grinding and clenching your teeth, which your dentist can help to prevent with a custom mouthguard. Acidic foods and carbonated beverages also contribute to sensitivity as well as tooth decay. Visit your dentist if toothaches or sensitivity persists or prevents you from eating the foods you enjoy.
Richmond Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is a family dentist in Richmond Hill, GA, that has been serving the community for over 30 years. They offer affordable, high-quality dental care for people of all ages. Whether you need whitening for stained teeth or dental implants to restore your smile’s natural beauty, this team will create a customized solution for you. Call (912) 756-3880 or send a message online to schedule an appointment to address your toothache.