Preparing Your Teeth Early for Cold Weather Sensitivity

Posted on 10/15/2016 by Zac Bird
A close up of a patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
Sensitive teeth are quite literally a pain. It hurts to eat and drink things that are too hot or too cold, meaning a nice hot cup of coffee or a delicious ice cream sundae are usually off the table.

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 Dentist

You 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 Breaks

Even 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 Decay

Both 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 Hygiene

Keep 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.








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