Do your teeth hurt when you venture outside in the cold? Experiencing tooth sensitivity or discomfort when the temperature drops is actually quite common, but thankfully there are some things you can do to alleviate the issue. Here’s what you need to know about cold temperatures and your teeth.
Why Do My Teeth Hurt When It’s Cold?
In order to find relief from the problem of cold temperatures affecting your teeth, it’s important to know what causes it.
Your teeth have nerves deep down inside them that are designed to let you know when your teeth are in danger of harm. This is important because when a tooth is damaged, it can quickly become infected and lead to tooth loss. In some cases, these nerves become inflamed which can lead to extra and unnecessary pain signals being sent when your teeth aren’t actually in danger. Sometimes extreme changes in temperature can trigger these pain signals.
So it’s important to find out what’s causing the underlying issue of increased sensitivity and why your teeth are hurting: Are they in danger or not?
Check with Your Dentist
The most important place to start is to talk with your dentist about any dental sensitivity or discomfort. Your teeth shouldn’t hurt, so it’s important to make sure everything is ok. Your dentist can perform an exam with x-rays, if needed, to check the health of your teeth and gums. Sometimes cavities or gum disease can cause increased sensitivity and it’s important to get those diagnosed and treated as soon as possible so that they don’t lead to more serious problems later on.
Once any issues that require treatment are ruled out, your dentist can also help to pinpoint what may be causing any lingering discomfort and how to prevent it.
Your dentist may suggest some simple products and tips you can implement to help reduce sensitivity such as using a toothpaste specially made for sensitive teeth, practicing relaxation techniques to lessen pressure on your dental nerves caused by jaw clenching, or fluoride treatments to remineralize and protect your teeth.
Talking with Your Dentist
Your teeth shouldn’t hurt, even when it’s cold, so if they do it’s important to contact your dentist right away. Talking with your dentist about cold temperatures and your teeth to ensure that you’re comfortable and your teeth are healthy can make a big difference towards your enjoyment of the season.
Call our Traverse City Dental Office, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.