Huddling together with a cup of hot chocolate or tea are fun in the winter. But the cold weather can be bring other less pleasant changes like dry skin, cracked lips or sensitive teeth.
Here are some tips that will help you avoid tooth pain this winter, so you and your family can have a great time.
- When you are out in the cold, try breathing in and out through your nose as much as possible. Mouth breathing brings the cold air directly in contact with your teeth, and the sudden change in temperature can cause tooth pain.
- When having a hot drink, it is important to warm up the cold teeth first with a warm drink. This way the abrupt changes in temperature of the teeth can be avoided and the tooth enamel and dentin will be able to gradually adjust to it.
- Try using a desensitizing toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride two times a day. These products can help seal the exposed dentin and reduce the sensitivity.
Usually healthy teeth that have been exposed to extreme cold, will stop aching after warming up. But if your teeth still hurt or are sensitive after warming up, you may need to make an appointment to see Dr. Kaufman Daniel at Tooronga Family Dentistry . Prolonged sensitivity is caused by an inflammation in the dental pulp. If the cause for the inflammation is not removed there may be a need for more complex treatment.