How Does Winter Weather Cause Toothaches and Sensitivity?

As the weather gets colder, you may notice that your teeth start aching more. Cold air makes them hurt.  There are a few reasons why your teeth may hurt when it’s cold.  We’ll talk about why your teeth hurt and what you can do about it.

Tooth Enamel

As you get older, your tooth enamel gets thinner and wears away.  Your teeth naturally become more sensitive because the nerves in the teeth are more exposed.  Have you ever felt a pain in your tooth when you drink something that’s hot or cold?  It’s the same principle.  When the cold air hits your teeth you feel an ache or a pain from the cold air.

Expanding and Contracting

When you eat something hot or cold, it makes your teeth expand and contract.  This causes little cracks in your teeth.  The cracks themselves don’t cause any discomfort, but your teeth may become more sensitive because the nerves in the teeth are now exposed.

Gum Recession

If your gums are receding, then more of the tooth is exposed.  This causes sensitivity because some of the nerves are also exposed.

What You Can do About Tooth Pain

The best course of action when you are having tooth sensitivity is to talk to a dentist.  There may be other reasons that your teeth are sensitive including gum disease, tooth decay, clenching or grinding, or other lifestyle habits.  Some treatment options include:

  • Fluoride application
  • Root canal
  • Cover the tips of the roots
  • Putting in new fillings
  • Making a mouthguard

At Alveo Dental Clinic, we offer a variety of services including cosmetic and general dentistry services.  We can help you diagnose your tooth sensitivity and find the best treatment option for you.

You don’t have to be stuck living with tooth pain when it gets cold.  There are many reasons your teeth may have a sensitivity to the cold.  To get relief, make an appointment with a dentist today.

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