It really has been a moment since my last blog post. This weather always gets to me. I’m not the biggest fan of colder months. Speaking of the cold, how does the sweater weather affect our teeth?
As hard as our teeth are, they are not immune to extreme temperatures; hot or cold. Teeth are porous (insert coffee and tea stains) and sensitive in nature. However, they should be able to endure the cold with little to no irritation on a regular basis. Teeth are used to normal body temperatures, so when exposed to hotter or colder things while eating or drinking, they can experience issues that may cause great pain or at least mild irritation.
Solid substances and liquids are not the only culprits; cold air breathed in through an open mouth can cause teeth to contract especially when exposed to sensitive areas such as along the gum line. Once the mouth is closed, the contracted teeth expand again. Over time, these expansions and contractions cause hairline cracks in your teeth that you may not even know exist, until they’ll rear their ugly heads once cold temperatures are hit.
Another thing with the cold season is people tend to clench their jaws to stay warm. This leads to jaw and tooth erosion issues that may emanate tooth pain.
A simple way to avoid tooth pain from cold air is to breathe through the nose as much as possible. Cold air would hurt your teeth when exposed for short periods of time, however when you close your mouth and the lips will cover the teeth and the saliva gets flowing the sensitivity should recede in no time.
If the cold weather seems much harder on your teeth than seems reasonable, typically defined as longer than three days, there is a good chance your teeth may be compromised in some other way. These could include older fillings that don’t fit anymore, crowns and bridges that may be leaking over time, cracked teeth, areas of gum recession, cavities, infected teeth and gums, bite issues and tooth clenching and grinding.
Battling cold sensitive teeth can be as simple as practicing good oral hygiene. Floss it up to stimulate the gums so they won’t recede as much. Using soft tooth brushes changed every three months.
However, if you fall into the category of sensitive teeth three days and longer, visit The Dentist. Most likely there is an underlying cause bringing you all your woes. A stitch in time saves nine.
Till next time, keep warm, have lots of hot beverages and make sure your oral hygiene is of top priority.