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Teeth Hurting from the Cold Weather?

Your teeth are very sensitive to temperature, and your teeth can actually contract with exposure to cold temperature, and then expand as they warm back to body temperature. Your teeth are able to adapt to some extent, but tiny cracks and fissures can form over time due to the stress of this movement. The cracks shouldn’t affect the integrity of your teeth, but they can cause a lot of discomfort when cold air or liquid comes into contact as those with sensitive teeth can relate to!

The Layers of Your Teeth

The enamel is the outer, protective layer of your teeth. If the enamel has started to wear away, the next layer – the dentin – becomes exposed. Dentin is very sensitive due to the nerve endings that happen to be found in this layer. This particular layer of the tooth can sense extreme changes in temperature more easily, and will create nerve irritation without the full shelter of the enamel that is typically covering it.

What causes this? Dentin exposure can be caused from the tiny cracks mentioned above, damage to the tooth, long term wear and tear from rough brushing, home whitening kits, or even highly acidic foods.

When your tooth’s root is exposed, it can cause abrupt pain when this part of the tooth comes in contact with cold air or liquid. The root of the tooth can become exposed by brushing too hard or with cross friction. They can also become exposed due to gum recession from grinding or even from gum disease.

Chattering Teeth or Clenching the Jaw

Some folks unconsciously clench their jaws in colder weather, perhaps as a way to attempt to stay warm. This can put unnecessary and painful pressure on your jaw and your teeth.

Tips for Dealing with Sensitivity or Pain

To warm the air before it enters your mouth, try breathing through your nose instead of your mouth, or wearing a scarf or mask over your mouth while you’re out in the elements.

Good oral hygiene habits are of upmost importance when it comes to preventing sensitive teeth and other painful tooth difficulties. Be sure to brush and floss regularly to reduce your risk of decay or infection.

Whether or not you think your oral pain is due to the cold temperatures, it’s always a good idea to get it checked out.  Pain, whether temperature related or not, can signal more serious problems.

Be sure to book your appointment with professionals who know how to take care of you and your oral health. Call your friends at Longmeadow Family Dental Care today!