If you think you can feel a gust of cold wind in your teeth, you’re right! For sensitive teeth, cold weather can be a painful occurrence. Today, we want to talk about some of the causes of tooth sensitivity as well as give you some tips for dealing with sensitive teeth during the winter.
Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
Your teeth are covered in enamel, the hardest surface in your body. Enamel acts like a shield that protects the delicate dentin, pulp, and nerves in your teeth. However, enamel can be damaged, exposing the sensitive material underneath. Enamel damage can occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, vigorous brushing, and a highly acidic diet. When your teeth are sensitive, you may experience a stinging sensation when sipping hot or cold beverages.
How to Handle Sensitive Teeth in the Winter
The best way to treat sensitive teeth is to try to prevent enamel damage in the first place! Be sure you’re following a good oral hygiene routine at home by brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing each day. When you brush, you should use a soft-bristled brush and brush gently to avoid scratching or damaging your enamel. If you regularly consume highly acidic foods and beverages like citrus and coffee, drink water afterward to wash clean teeth and prevent acid damaging your enamel.
If your tooth sensitivity is too much to bear, Dr. Brace may recommend various treatments. A fluoridated mouthwash can help strengthen enamel through a process called remineralization, which in turn protects your inner teeth and limits tooth sensitivity. In other situations, we may recommend a special toothpaste or another treatment.
To ask our team any questions about managing tooth sensitivity during the winter months or to schedule your next appointment at our office, contact us today!