ARE TEETH MORE SENSITIVE IN WINTER?
If your teeth have been feeling more sensitive lately due to the cold air outside, you’re not alone. Approximately 40 million people in the United States experience tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. So, what causes sensitive teeth?
While the nature of this condition can vary from person to person, the cause is usually exposed nerve endings. This exposure arises when the interior part of your teeth loses its protective enamel covering. Although enamel is hard and durable, several factors can lead to erosion and eventual loss of enamel including:
- Teeth Grinding
- Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
- Tooth Decay
- Improper/Aggressive Brushing
Believe it or not, cold temperatures can add to your tooth sensitivity. Protect your teeth and ease your pain by taking a few precautionary measures.
Drink Warm Beverages – If you plan to spend substantial time outside, keep a thermos of your favorite hot drink on hand and take frequent drinks to warm your body. Caffeine-free hot tea is great for warming your body and helping you meet your daily water requirement.
Wear a Scarf Over Your Mouth – Wearing a scarf over your mouth filters the air and warms it up before hitting your mouth.
Breathe Through Your Nose – Breathing through your nose rather than your mouth can help eliminate some of the air from hitting your teeth and make you more comfortable.
In addition to taking precautionary measures in the winter time, there are several steps you can take year-round to treat tooth sensitivity.
1. Use Toothpaste Formulated for Sensitivity.
Some people’s teeth are just more sensitive to regular toothpaste. Try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Your Square 1 Dentist will be able to recommend a toothpaste that is right for your specific needs.
2. Wear a Night Guard.
If you grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard will protect your teeth during your sleep.
3. Avoid Acidic Beverages.
If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, try cutting out acidic and sugary food and drinks from your diet as these can all trigger pain, as well as cause tooth decay. If you do decide to drink something that’s acidic make sure you use a straw, as this will keep the liquid away from your teeth.
4. Speak to your dentist.
Your Square 1 Dentist will be able to give you specific tips to help with your sensitivity. Call 905-270-7206 to make an appointment today!