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
  • Cavities
  • 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