Did you know that your mouth can become more sensitive than usual during the winter? This is because cold, dry air triggers pain in the nerves within each tooth, in a similar way that chewing on ice can cause significant dental discomfort. Cold weather can also cause you to clench your teeth, which puts pressure on them and can result in a sore, achy mouth.
While you may not be able to control the weather, there are things you can do to avoid dental pain during the chilliest days. Here a few dental tips that will help you stay more comfortable in the cold.
If you don’t care much about the type of toothpaste you purchase, winter is the time to be picker than usual. Look for toothpastes that are specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. These are usually easy to find and highlight the word “sensitive” on their packaging. You might also want to look for a toothpaste that includes fluoride, so you can add an extra layer of protection to your sensitive enamel.
While most people are taught about the importance of brushing regularly, they aren’t often taught about how important it is to brush gently as well. Brushing too vigorously can actually increase tooth sensitivity by wearing away enamel and gum tissue. To keep this from happening, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and remember that the time you spend brushing is more important than the pressure you use.
One of the most effective ways to avoid cold-related tooth sensitivity is to keep your teeth covered when you’re outdoors. You can wear a clear mouthguard if you plan to participate in outdoor activities for long periods of time, or wear a scarf that can be easily positioned over your mouth when you’re exposed to cold wind.
These simple tips can go a long way to reduce tooth sensitivity and help you enjoy winter more. It is also important to see your dentist regularly to ensure that your tooth sensitivity isn’t due to cavities or other dental problems.
The practice’s primary dentist, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, began practicing dentistry in 2009. While getting her dental degree she was awarded the Dr. William Starek Award for outstanding achievement in endodontics and the Dr. Donald McElroy Endodontic award for extra work in endodontics and professional behavior. With her knowledge and experience, Dr. Catherine Dulay Lichtenstein, and the entire dental staff are dedicated to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. The dental office is equipped with the most up-to-date dental equipment and staffed with experienced dental professionals in order to help your children learn the importance of proper dental hygiene. Call us today for a free consultation (215) 874-0888.