Protect Your Teeth From The Cold

sensitive-teethThere is no denying that the cold weather has arrived in Massachusetts, and summer will be gone for some time. Sometimes, for some people, the cold weather can affect their teeth, causing sensitivity and discomfort that can range from mild discomfort to sharp, intense moments of pain.  Today we are going to share a few ways to protect your teeth from the cold.

Why Your Teeth May Be Sensitive To The Cold

There are a number of reasons your teeth may be sensitive to the cold, including:

  • Chips or cracks
  • Weak or thin enamel
  • Gum recession
  • Brushing too vigorously
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Infection
  • Gum disease
  • Bruxing: The chronic habit of grinding and/or clenching your teeth

Ways To Minimize Tooth Sensitivity

Here are some ways you can help minimize tooth sensitivity during the cold weather:

Oral hygiene: Pay attention to your oral hygiene habits. Brush twice a day and floss daily.

Toothpaste: Try using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth such as potassium or calcium-based toothpastes. Potassium-based desensitizing toothpastes can help reduce tooth sensitivity by depolarizing exposed root and dentin. However, because this type of toothpaste takes time to work, you should begin using it about four weeks before the cold weather sets in. Calcium-based toothpastes work by remineralizing your tooth enamel.

Toothbrush: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, hard-bristled toothbrushes can eventually wear away your protective enamel.

Foods:  Avoid acidic foods.

Beverages: Avoid acidic and sugary beverages. Drink a lot of water instead to stay hydrated. Water is important for keeping your mouth moist and encouraging saliva production. Saliva helps protect your tooth enamel.

If these suggestions don’t help. Consult with your dentist for their expertise!