The falling temperatures of Autumn are a welcome relief after the hot days of summer. However, for some people, this change of season brings with it aching teeth! You have not experienced this seasonal sensitivity before, but this year you are noticing that the colder it gets, the more pain you feel in your mouth. There are several reasons why teeth hurt when it gets colder, so use this information to find out why it is happening to you, and what you can do about it.
One of the most common reasons your teeth become more sensitive when it is cold is because of gum recession. As your teeth pull away from the gum, the roots become exposed. Even the smallest amount of root exposure is enough to cause teeth sensitivity.
You must discuss this condition with your dentist. However, if you are delaying a trip to the dentist because of finances, one way you can temporarily minimise the impact of cold air on teeth roots is to breathe through your nose instead of through your mouth. Keeping your mouth closed while breathing means your lips and cheeks protect the exposed roots from the direct cold air.
Tooth cavities and other issues
If the pain in your teeth is more than just sensitivity, then there may be another source of your aches. Fillings, for example, are not designed to last forever. If part of a filling falls away, then you have a new reason for root exposure. New cavities, cracks caused by teeth grinding and infected teeth all get irritated by cold air and the heat from eating warm soups. When you notice the pain is seasonal, then it is an issue you must discuss with your dentist so that they can check for the source of the discomfort.
Again, if you are waiting to book a dentist visit because of finances, you may find some sensitivity relief by changing to a toothpaste advertised for sensitive teeth. Avoid mouthwashes which contain alcohol at this time because mouthwashes containing alcohol irritate sensitive teeth more than those which do not contain alcohol.
At the end of the day, seasonal tooth sensitivity is an issue which needs professional intervention, so that no lasting damage occurs. Manage the sensitivity during the cold season as best you can by using the tips outlined above, but make an appointment to see your dentist soon.