Does cold weather hurt your teeth? You’re not alone. Plenty of people have teeth pain in the colder months, especially during times like this week’s record-breaking cold temperatures in Columbus.
Cold sensitivity can be caused by a number of factors such as the following:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Gum shrinkage
- Cracked teeth
- Thin or weakened enamel
- Tooth bruising caused by eating or trauma
If you find that your teeth are sensitive for more than several days, we recommend that you contact Schumacher & Bauer, DDS to make an appointment to visit our dental team. If the sensitivity lasts for less than three days, here are a few suggestions on how to treat the issue at home:
- Pay attention to when your teeth are sensitive and try to track what’s causing it.
- Figure out the cause of gum shrinkage and treat it appropriately.
- Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash daily to help seal the cold-sensitive teeth.
- Avoid rinses that contain alcohol.
- Wear a bite guard to reduce pressures on your teeth.
- Care for cavities and cracked teeth as soon as you catch them.
If you’re dealing with teeth sensitivity, our team is happy to help. Give our dental team a call today, and we’re happy to help you at either our downtown or Olentangy River Road location. And stay warm, Columbus!
Source: Discovery Fit & Health, “Why Does Cold Weather Hurt my Teeth?” November 12, 2012