Why do my teeth hurt when it’s cold outside?
Very cold weather can be damaging to the body, making our lips chapped, drying and cracking our skin, and even causing us to suffer from tooth pain or sensitivity.
Many of us wonder if teeth also have winter blues because many notice that they usually feel a sudden toothache or sensitivity during the colder seasons.
For this reason, it is certainly a must to learn more about treating cold weather-related tooth pain.
What should you do to avoid tooth pain during the cold season?
Here are some useful tips, so you and your loved ones can enjoy your favorite winter activities without worrying about tooth pain:
- When you go outside, have a hot beverage with you. This can greatly ease tooth pain as the teeth are warmed up with your hot beverage of choice. Hot water will do as well.
- Wear a scarf over the mouth when you’re outside.
- As much as possible, consider breathing in and out through the nose. Breathing through the mouth will only bring the cold air directly in contact with the teeth. Please be guided that abrupt changes in temperature can trigger a toothache.
- You should rinse with a fluoride-based oral rinse at least 2 times a day. For those with cold-sensitive teeth, fluoride-based toothpaste and mouthwash can be of great help.
- Use desensitizing toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth. This helps restrain the sensations which can cause the pain linked with sensitive teeth.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
It is essential to know that tooth sensitivity can be caused by several reasons. Some of these consist of:
- Cracked teeth
- Infected gums or teeth
- Toothbrush trauma
- Defective bridge margins or crowns
- Grinding or gnashing teeth
- Defective fillings where the gaps are open
- Gum recession
- Weakened enamel
- Large metal fillings
- Bite problems
- Teeth are sensitive and porous
- Periodontal disease
When should you visit your dentist?
It is advised to contact the dentist once you notice gum recession or if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity for more than 3 days. The good news is that dentists today can address cavities, gum recession, cracks, and provide dental appliances such as mouthguards for gnashing and clenching.
While it is true that warming up the teeth during cold weather is quite helpful to relieve the sensitivity, take into consideration that it is imperative to see the dentist immediately if the pain lasts for several days. Keep in mind that persistent aching can be an indication of a serious dental problem such as gum disease or tooth decay. This makes it even more essential to consult your dentist to prevent further problems from occurring.
Your dentist can provide you with sensitivity medications or an appropriate dental treatment to ensure you can finally say goodbye to tooth pain and be able to enjoy your most preferred ice cream flavor again after the cold season ends.
Date Published: October 19, 2015
Last Updated: January 23, 2019
Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.