Why Do My Teeth Hurt When It’s Cold?

Why do my teeth hurt when it’s cold outside? Dental pain can occur at any time of year, but there does tend to be an increase in the winter. Why are your teeth more susceptible to pain, and what can do you to fix that? Check out this guide from Clinton Dental Center.

Tooth Decay and Worn Enamel

Your enamel safeguards the nerves inside your teeth. If the enamel is worn or you have a cavity, those nerves become exposed. You may notice this issue more in the winter because the cold air outside hits your teeth. If you have worn enamel, you may be able to fortify it with a dental sealant or fluoride treatment. If you have a cavity or other tooth decay issue, your dentist can recommend the appropriate treatment for you (typically a dental filling). From there, you can focus on preserving your tooth enamel with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.

Sensitivity to Hot Drinks

When it’s cold outside, you’re more likely to drink something hot. This includes soups that you consume in the winter. If you already have sensitive teeth, these hot liquids may cause you pain. Talk to your dentist about your teeth sensitivity, and find a remedy that works for you. In the meantime, you may want to avoid foods and drinks that cause you pain.

Grinding and Clenching Teeth

You may clench your teeth when it’s cold or when you’re stressed. Most people experience an increase in stress during the winter months because of the holidays. If you grind your teeth at night, you may have oral pain throughout the year. Your dentist may be able to make a mouthguard that protects against teeth grinding. If you notice any grinding or clenching throughout the day, stop the activity. Try to be aware of your mouth movements, especially during stressful situations.

Consuming More Sweets in the Winter

Tooth-decaying bacteria feed on sugar. You’re more likely to consume sweets in the winter, from candy at Halloween to pie on Thanksgiving. Even the hot cocoa you drink in the winter is a sugary substance your teeth are not used to. Keep up with your oral hygiene, and you can minimize the risk of tooth decay.

Temporary Sensitivity after Teeth Whitening

If you get your teeth whitened in the winter, you may feel some sensitivity after the procedure. This goes away with time, depending on the type of teeth whitening you choose. If you’re whitening your teeth for a specific occasion, get them done at least a week in advance. Call ahead to see when your cosmetic dentist has appointments available. The office may be closed around the holidays, or there may be limited appointment slots open.

To schedule an oral exam or to learn more about teeth whitening, call (586) 949-5363. We offer dentistry services for all age groups, and we look forward to helping your family.