Playing in the snow, bundling up in your favorite sweater and drinking hot cocoa are all fun in the winter, but cold weather can be brutal on your body. It can dry out skin, make lips chapped, even make your teeth hurt! And sensitive teeth are more common than you might think!
Teeth are strong and hard, but they're also porous and thus sensitive by their very nature. Generally speaking, being out in the cold weather won't bother the average set of teeth, but it does have an effect.
When you breathe through your mouth in the cold air, your teeth can contract, which lets the frigid air touch any sensitive spaces on your teeth, especially along your gum line. Then, once you close your mouth, the warmer temperatures encourage them to expand again. As that continues to happen over time, it can create tiny cracks and fissures in your teeth.
Those cracks create even more sensitivity to extreme temperatures. If your teeth are sensitive to the cold and you are experiencing cracks and fissures in your teeth from a lifetime of contraction and expansion in cold air, you need to take care of yourself when in cold weather.
You know the importance of protecting your hair and skin from the sun, and you protect the rest of your body from the cold. Do the same for your teeth. Here are some tips for avoiding tooth pain this winter so you and your family can get back to your snowball fight.
- Breathe in and out through your nose as much as possible. Breathing through the mouth brings the cold air directly in contact with your teeth, and the sudden change in temperature can cause tooth pain.
- Make sure you have a warm or hot beverage handy when you’re outside. Warming up cold teeth with a warm drink can help ease the aches.
- Try using a mouthwash with fluoride two to three times a day; fluoride can help seal cold-sensitive teeth.
- Try using desensitizing toothpaste. These types of toothpaste help block the sensations that cause the pain associated with sensitive teeth.