You may not know it, but the cold weather (and the holidays) can affect tooth pain and sensitivity. The nerve endings of teeth also sense changes in temperature. Here are four common reasons why some of us might feel tooth sensitivity during colder seasons:
When the temperature drops, people often drink more hot beverages. These drinks can increase tooth sensitivity. The polar differences between hot and cold can irritate tooth nerve endings, resulting in pain.
What’s a holiday season without sweets and treats? Unfortunately, rich, sugary foods cause sensitivity and tooth decay. Enjoying a moderate amount of treats is fine, but follow your indulgence with a glass of water to remove bacteria and particles that cling to teeth.
Flu, cold, and sinus infections commonly occur during the colder months. These illnesses also influence tooth pain, due to inflammation of the maxillary sinus. This tissue sits on top of the upper front teeth, so when it becomes inflamed, do you feel pressure and pain.
Tooth enamel contracts when exposed to cold and expands when it is warm. This contraction (during opposing temperatures) is called “thermal stress.” It commonly occurs during the shift into the colder season and could be the cause of some tooth sensitivity.
When you get busy during holiday time, never leave tooth and gum health at the bottom of your list. A visit to the dentist will keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong throughout the year.