Do Your Teeth Have the Winter Blues?
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 and even make your teeth hurt!
Here are some tips for avoiding cold weather tooth pain this winter so you and your family can get back to your snowball fight:
- First, try breathing in and out through your nose as much as possible. Breathing through the mouth brings the cold air directly in contact with the teeth. This sudden temperature change can cause tooth pain.
- Make sure you have a hot beverage handy when you are outside. Warming up cold teeth with a warm drink ( even just hot water) can help ease the aches.
- Try using a mouthwash with fluoride two or three times a day. Fluoride can help seal cold sensitive teeth.
- Try using our *Fluoridex* toothpaste. This is a prescription dose of fluoride toothpaste – 5000 parts per million. The root surfaces of teeth are often the sensitive part of the tooth. Roots are supposed to be covered by gum tissue. If the gums have receded, the roots can become cold sensitive. Fluoridex not only helps with the sensitivity but also helps prevent decay in these vulnerable areas.
- Try using desensitizing toothpaste. This would be available over the counter in your grocery store. This type of toothpaste helps block the sensations that cause the pain associated with sensitive teeth.
After warming up healthy teeth, the pain should go away. But, if you are experiencing cold weather tooth pain or the sensitivities persist even after warming up, you will want to schedule a dental appointment. Persistent aching could be a sign of a larger problem. There could be tooth decay, gum recession or root abfraction that require dental treatment. You need to discuss this with your dentist at your next appointment. Call our office at 920-733-2445 to discuss your sensitive teeth and we would be happy to see you to make your mouth more comfortable.