Just like you, your teeth are sensitive to changes in the weather. When your tooth enamel wears or your gums recede, a layer of your tooth called dentin, is exposed. Dentin is ultra sensitive to temperature changes.
Especially during harsh Canadian winters, your teeth contract in response to extreme cold. This can cause tiny cracks in your teeth and trigger the same type of pain that you experience when biting into ice cream.
Find the root of the problem
There are several culprits that could be making your teeth sensitive. Some of the more popular ones are:
- Drinking coffee, soda or juice
- Brushing vigorously
- Grinding your teeth
- Frequently whitening your teeth
- Not flossing properly
Identifying the cause of your discomfort can make all the difference.
Try these simple fixes
Living with sore, achy teeth is less than ideal. Luckily, there are lots of ways you can relieve the pain and prevent it from coming back.
Use softer bristles.
Gently brushing your teeth with softer bristles can make a world of difference. Your enamel and gums wear down more quickly if your bristles are too rough. The harder your are on your teeth, the more susceptible you are to receding gum lines and the more you wear away at your enamel.
Find the right toothpaste is a step in the right direction.
Using toothpaste made specifically for sensitive smiles can help. Sensitive toothpastes can get inside open dentin tubules to actively prevent painful stimuli from reaching your nerves.
This might sound simple, but wrapping a scarf around your neck and covering your face is an easy way to prevent aching. The lower the temperature, the higher the chance of sensitivity pains. Take precautions and add extra layers if the weather is especially glacial.
Book an appointment
Experiencing lasting pain? Book an appointment with us. We’ll give you a proper diagnosis, and advise you on treatments to help combat the pain. At Palladium Dental, we’re committed to keeping your smile bright and healthy all year round.