How Cold Weather Affects Your Teeth

brunette woman wearing sweater, jacket, and gloves standing outside in winter

Everyone knows that the cold can make our teeth feel funny. That’s because the cold makes teeth especially sensitive. Our body is used to being the same temperature most of the time—a stable 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When this changes, our body experiences discomfort, and that includes our teeth!

What Happens When Your Teeth Get Cold

By increasing the sensitivity of your teeth, the cold makes small problems feel worse. It could cause discomfort or pain for any of the following conditions:

  • Old fillings or metal fillings
  • Cracked teeth
  • Receding or irritated gums
  • Exposed roots
  • Old crowns or bridges
  • Untreated cavities

It can also cause teeth to chatter, which is their way of trying to warm up through muscle spasms. Chattering teeth is nothing to worry about, but if you find it happening often, you probably need to dress in warmer layers when you go outside. If you find your teeth chattering when you’re not cold, see your dentist immediately because that could be an indicator of a more serious problem.

Take Care of Your Teeth

The best way to combat tooth sensitivity due to cold is to make a concerted effort to breathe through your nose as much as possible when outside in the winter.

Another important way to minimize these problems is practice good oral hygiene. Remember to see your dentist every six months. Use special sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne if your teeth bother you often. Make sure you are getting enough fluoride, either through your tap water, your toothpaste, or your mouthwash. And don’t forget to use a toothbrush with soft bristles, not hard bristles that can further damage your teeth and gums.

Call our office today to learn more about what you can do to help your oral health as the weather turns colder.

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