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How Can Cold Weather Impact My Teeth?

The blustery days of autumn have arrived and the chilly days of winter are just around the corner. What does this change in temperature mean for your teeth?

If you find that your teeth are sensitive to cold weather, you have probably also noted that your teeth are sensitive to cold (or hot) beverages. Thus, here are few items that may be causing this tooth sensitivity to temperature:

  • Tooth decay/cavities

  • Fractured teeth

  • Worn fillings

  • Gum disease

  • Worn tooth enamel

  • Exposed tooth root

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, call your dentist for advice and to determine if your situation is or is not cause for deeper concern.

After you have called your dentist and barring his/her suggestions, here are a few measures you can consider to prevent or heal tooth sensitivity:

  • Use desensitizing toothpaste which can help to block painful sensations from the tooth's surface to its nerve.

  • Ask your dentist about applying fluoride gel. This solution both builds up tooth enamel and minimizes the transmission of painful sensations from the tooth surface to its nerve.

  • Schedule a crown, inlay, or bonding insertion to fix a flaw or decay that is causing the tooth sensitivity.

  • Schedule a surgical gum graft which will protect the tooth's root and minimize any sensitivity if gum tissue has been lost from the root.

  • Schedule a root canal for severe, persistent sensitivity that cannot be corrected by other treatments.


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