Dental health: 5 reasons why your teeth are more sensitive in winter – Experts share
Winter is in full swing. With the drop in temperatures, many people have dental problems. Winters are traditionally linked to an increase in tooth sensitivity all over the world. Many factors can contribute to this dental problem, including cold weather, seasonal snacks, and seasonal illnesses. Although exposure to dentin is one of the main causes of tooth sensitivity, here are some causes that can also increase the chances of tooth sensitivity during winters.
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Here are 5 reasons why your teeth are more sensitive in winter:
1. Increased Sugar Intake During Cold Months-
Too much sugar increases the risk of gum disease and enamel erosion, both of which can cause tooth sensitivity. It is advisable to avoid biting hard candies during festivals and festivities as they may crack or break teeth, exposing fragile dentin.
2. Excessive brushing damages teeth more –
Brushing too vigorously could do more harm than good by stripping away the protective enamel and exposing the sensitive dentin underneath. It is suggested that you spend some quality time cleaning your teeth lightly and slowly.
3. Colds and flu can make tooth sensitivity worse-
Colds, sinus infections and the flu are more common in the winter due to lower temperatures. When the sinuses become inflamed and irritated as a result of nasal congestion or infection, pressure is put on the dental nerves, causing discomfort and tenderness.
4. Beverage-Related Tooth Damage –
Sodas, coffee, tea, and other acidic liquids, such as juices, can destroy your teeth and expose the dentin layer. Other poor oral health habits, such as smoking or not brushing or flossing properly, can cause receding gums and expose dentin at the gum line. This can lead to temperature sensitive teeth.
5. Other dental issues-
Diseases of the gums, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone can all expose dentin and cause pain. The initial stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Some people clench or grind their teeth while they sleep. This can damage tooth enamel and cause pain. When the tooth enamel wears down or the gums recede, a layer of the teeth is exposed that is very sensitive to temperature changes. When this layer comes into contact with something too hot or cold, it generates a painful sensation.
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There are, however, corrective methods to balance and manage tooth sensitivity produced by winters, which are discussed below.
- Application of fluoride- Fluoride is a natural mineral used to treat sensitive teeth. This treatment strengthens the enamel, reducing sensitivity caused by exposed dentin.
- Seal the roots- A sealant can be used to preserve root surfaces and aid in the treatment of receding gums.
- Wear a mouth guard- Wearing a mouth guard protects your teeth from further damage caused by clenching or grinding during sleep.
- Root canal treatment- During a root canal treatment, the delicate pulp inside the affected tooth is removed. This is recommended to fix problems caused by severe decay or a broken or chipped tooth.
- Nasal breathing- The most effective way is to breathe through your nose. It’s a healthier option because your teeth aren’t exposed to winter frost.
- Avoid drinking cold drinks- It is best to avoid drinking anything particularly hot in extremely cold conditions as it can cause broken teeth.
Temperature extremes can cause dental discomfort due to a variety of factors such as tooth decay, exposed dentin, inflamed dental nerves produced by teeth grinding, or an improperly restored tooth. Teeth in excellent health are less likely to crack or become sensitive. Therefore, it is essential to perform regular dental inspections to prevent tooth decay or enamel erosion from causing tooth sensitivity.
Author Bio: Dr. Namrata Rupani is the Founder and CEO of Capture Life Dental Care
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