Cold Weather and Tooth Sensitivity
General Dentistry Palo Alto
There are so many things to look forward to with the change of the season, but the effects of the cold weather on your teeth aren’t usually included in that list! Here’s a little overview of how your teeth can react to changes in the weather, as well as Dr. Christine Hansen and Dr. Roberta Jurash’s top tips for protecting your teeth this holiday season.
Weather sensitivity can occur no matter the condition of your teeth, but it’s always important to practice good oral health care so ensure your teeth are maintaining their best defense against hot and cold elements. Weather-sensitive teeth could be the result of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. These come from the wearing of your tooth enamel, leaving the soft, nervy middles of your teeth, called the dentin, exposed. Brushing your teeth too vigorously, exposing your teeth to acidic foods and beverages, and even clenching or grinding your teeth throughout the day or night, can all contribute to the wearing and exposure of your teeth.
For the best protection against tooth sensitivity, and in order to keep your oral health in top condition, it’s best to visit Dr. Hansen and Dr. Jurash regularly for dental check-ups. Your Palo Alto dentists might recommend a fluoride treatment while you’re visiting, so that your teeth are protected well after you leave the dental office. A solution for those who are frequently clenching or grinding their teeth might be a custom mouth guard. Extreme cases might call for a root canal treatment.
In your daily life, remember that being proactive about your oral health by brushing and flossing your teeth every day is one of the best ways to keep your teeth protected from the elements and avoid temperature sensitivity. Limit the amount of acid foods and drinks you consume, and check in if you suspect a problem with your oral wellness.
If you have any questions about protecting your teeth from cold weather sensitivity this season, or to schedule your next appointment with Palo Alto dentists Dr. Hansen and Dr. Jurash, call 650-326-3290 today!