Your Teeth and Cold Weather
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