What You Should Know About Cold Weather Sensitivity
As the air outside gets colder, you might notice that your teeth seem more sensitive than usual. Breathing in cold air can cause a considerable amount of discomfort, but why does this happen? Cold weather sensitivity
in teeth can come from different causes. Learn more about why your teeth might be sensitive to the cold.
Cold Sensitivity Triggers
If your teeth are sensitive to the cold, you might experience mild to severe pain when you breathe cold air outdoors. You might also have discomfort when you drink hot cocoa, hot coffee or other hot beverages to try and stay warm. As these beverages hit your teeth, they affect the nerves inside, which can cause an unpleasant tingling sensation and pain.
Causes of Cold Sensitivity
There are several possible reasons why your teeth are sensitive to the cold. In fact, you might discover that you have tooth damage you weren't even aware of when your teeth hurt more from the cold. In general, your teeth become more sensitive when some type of damage makes it easier for the cold to get to the nerves inside them. Keep in mind that the same damage can make your teeth sensitive to hot beverages as well. Some common causes of cold sensitivity include the following:
- Tooth decay that occurs when bacteria builds up on your teeth
- Gum disease that can develop when bacteria irritate your gums or infect them
- Cracked teeth that make the nerves inside them more vulnerable to cold
- Eroded tooth enamel that also leaves your nerves more sensitive to cold exposure
- Fillings that are in bad condition
- Tooth roots that are partially or completely exposed
Treatments for Cold Sensitivity
The treatment that will work best for your teeth depends on the underlying cause of sensitivity. When problems such as tooth decay or gum disease are treated, this sensitivity should subside. However, if you have thin enamel or an exposed tooth root, you might need other treatments that repair these problems. You can also take steps to protect your teeth from the cold and help them become less sensitive to it over time. Some of these steps include using a desensitizing toothpaste that helps keep pain signals from reaching nerves and getting fluoride gel applied at the dentist’s office to strengthen your enamel. You might also benefit from having crowns or inlays put on teeth that are damaged or decayed, which helps reduce sensitivity. Depending on the cause of your sensitivity, you might need more extensive treatment, such as a root canal or surgical gum graft to protect your tooth root.
If your teeth are sensitive to the cold, please contact us at Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will check your teeth and determine if you have any problems that need treatment.