Cold Weather and Sensitive Teeth

Cold Weather and Sensitive Teeth

Posted by Brighton dentistry on Jan 31 2014, 08:17 AM

Do you ever get a toothache when you consume something hot or cold? When your tooth enamel deteriorates or your gums recede, you expose a layer of your teeth that is extremely sensitive to temperature changes. You will experience pain if something excessively hot or cold comes into contact with this area of your mouth.

However, you are at risk not just of this form of discomfort as a result of your food. In the winter, your teeth constrict in response to the extreme cold. This can cause fissures in your teeth, the same type of pain you get when you bite into ice cream. Visit Brighton Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, where we can advise you on the best treatment plan for this condition and your other individual dental needs.

Can Cold Weather Hurt My Teeth?

Yes, cold weather can cause tooth pain. Your teeth stretch and contract in reaction to intense heat and cold. This could cause fissures in your teeth over time, exposing the susceptible small tubes beneath your enamel. This is the same type of tooth discomfort that you experience as a result of cavities, gum disease, and other dental conditions.

Dentin is the layer beneath the enamel. It is the "core" of your teeth, with the enamel covering the top and the gums covering the bottom. Unfortunately, nerve fibers cover the dentin. As a result, any problems with your enamel or gums, including periodontal disease, may make you vulnerable to cold-weather discomfort.

Weather sensitivity can occur when you do not practice proper oral hygiene and live in an area with severe temperature swings.

Suggestions for Treating Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth, our dentist may advise you to try one of the following remedies:

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that our dentist can apply to your sensitive teeth. This application fortifies the enamel, preventing sensitivity caused by exposed dentin.

Using a Mouthguard

If you clench or grind your teeth, our skilled dentist can construct a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep. This is also beneficial for jaw pain.

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal procedure is when the dentist removes the soft pulp inside the injured tooth. This is intended to repair problems caused by deep decay or a fractured or chipped tooth.

Contact Brighton Dental for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (801) 943-2020 or visit 2114 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City, UT 84121.

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