These are not the only causes of pain though. Simply breathing in the cold air of winter can cause a severe twinge of pain.
Even though it feels a long way off, a bit of preparation now can save you from sensitivity when winter arrives.
See Your DentistYou should see your dentist at least twice a year. One of those exams should be during the summer, when there is no threat of cold weather. At your exam, your dentist will examine your teeth to evaluate their condition. You can discuss your concerns and if there are any problems, treatments may be recommended.
Repair Cracks and BreaksEven minor damage can lead to sensitivity. Once the enamel has been removed, dentin is exposed. Inside dentin, there are open canals that lead directly to the roots of your teeth, which can cause sensitivity. Having repairs made, such as bonding, crowns or veneers, can cover these passageways, keeping the cold out.
Treat Gum Disease and Tooth DecayBoth gum disease and tooth decay can be causes of sensitivity. If you have symptoms of either, talk to your dentist right away. Not only will it help prevent sensitivity when cold weather comes, it will save your teeth and keep you healthy.
Practice Proper Oral HygieneKeep your teeth healthy. Brush at least twice a day. Don't brush too hard, however, or you can wear away enamel and damage your gums. Floss daily. Use mouthwash. See your dentist twice a year. Practicing proper preventative measures will keep your teeth healthy, thus keeping them from ever becoming sensitive.
The inevitable cold weather doesn't have to mean impending doom. By taking the proper measures now, you can save your teeth from extreme pain once winter arrives.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the cold weathers effects on your oral health.