Does Cold Weather Affect Your Teeth?

Are you experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity this winter? During the cold winter months, your teeth can contract when you breath cold air through your mouth.  Once you close your mouth, your teeth then expand. The contracting and expanding can lead to cracks or fissures in your teeth. Once the cracks are formed in the enamel of your teeth, the cold air travels to the nerves and causes a sharp pain. You may not know these cracks exist and that is why it is important to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.

Unfortunately, you can experience cold weather sensitivity regardless of how well you care for your teeth.  Some factors that may increase your chances of experiencing tooth sensitivity during the winter are:

Brushing to hard

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

Clenching and grinding 

Gum recession

Cracked Teeth

Swollen Gums

Jaw Clenching

Whitening toothpastes or products

Thin enamel

Acidic foods or beverages 

When you are out in the cold, instead of clenching your jaw to protect your teeth, try breathing through your nose.  This will help reduce your teeth’s exposure to the cold air.  If you are experiencing tooth pain that lasts longer than a few days, it is important to have your teeth checked by your dentist.