In the same way that you might put on a heavy winter jacket, once the last few months of the year come around, it’s important to protect your teeth from winter weather. One might ask themselves, what exactly does that mean? In the following article, we will discuss a few ways that your teeth are put at risk during the winter weather months, and how we can help you protect your teeth to look their best for the new year to come.
If you often experienced dental discomfort or pain when out in cold weather, it is important to check in with your dentist. This can be a direct result of temperature sensitivity that indicates that teeth are cracked or suffering from some kind of dental erosion. In any case, this is a serious problem, and cavities and dental erosion are the most common cause of tooth pain.
Gum recession is a common indicator of the aging process, but it can also be a symptom of a gum infection called gingivitis. Gingivitis and its earliest form results in pain when exposed to cold temperatures. Without treatment, gum recession can progress into the more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.
Gums that are currently experiencing an infection are extremely sensitive to temperature changes. It is important to note that 90% of all dental diseases are usually caused by bacterial plaque that is found underneath the gums. The best defense against any type of gum infection is a consistent removal of bacterial plaque, which can be achieved at routine dental exams and cleanings.
Aggressive brushing can also be a leading contender as to why your teeth are much more sensitive in the winter months. It’s important that you clean your teeth non-aggressively, with a soft-bristled brush. If you’re worried about the way you clean your teeth, some electronic toothbrushes are a good way to destroy bad bacteria and debris without the need to aggressively brush your teeth.
Bruxism is the formal term for teeth grinding and clenching that happens both during the day and when you’re asleep. Grinding and clenching can weaken teeth, crack crowns, fracture feelings, and destroy dentures. If you’re worried you may currently have bruxism, it is important you see your dentist as soon as possible.
If you find that you still have questions on how to keep your teeth safe during the winter months, please feel free to give us at A Smile 4 U a call. Our offices serve large portions of GA and MS.