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How Cold Weather Affects Your Teeth

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Dr. Amy Nguyen
How Cold Weather Affects Your TeethMost people face different illnesses and ailments during cold weather days, such as coughs, flu, and colds. But have you ever wondered why your teeth hurt during winter? When it comes to cold weather, oral issues are no exception as your teeth and gums become more susceptible to pain during this time.

At Smile Craft Dental, our doctors and Our doctors can perform a routine dental exam to check and guide you regarding how you can take care of your teeth during cold weather.

How Cold Weather Causes Toothaches and Sensitivity

Your teeth expand and contract in response to extreme heat and cold, causing pain and irritation. Over time, extreme temperatures can cause cracks in your teeth, exposing your inner tooth layer (dentil). This throbbing pain is similar to the one you feel when you have cavities, gum diseases, or other oral conditions.

Weather sensitivity is normal and can occur even if you maintain good oral hygiene. However, you're at greater risk if you live in an area that has extreme temperature swings. Cold weather also makes people grind their teeth, which can cause tooth fractures, headaches, and jaw alignment problems.

How to Stop Tooth Pain During Cold Weather

In many cases, switching to sensitive toothpaste should help ease any pain. However, if the pain lasts more than three days, you may be facing other oral problems, such as cracked teeth, cavities, or bite problems. If you live in a cold area, try to breathe through your nose at all times to minimize contraction. Avoid clenching your jaw to prevent jaw pain and other issues.

Most importantly, brush and floss regularly to reduce plaque build-up and avoid eating acidic foods, which can increase sensitivity.

If you're experiencing tooth pain during the winter months, we recommend visiting our doctors and Our doctors at Smile Craft Dental. To schedule an appointment, call us at 650-880-1269 today.

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