As the temperature outside drops, your teeth also feel the cold. Cold weather can cause toothache, especially if you're dealing with tooth sensitivity issues. What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity. Most sensitivities go away on their own. However, if you experience long-term tooth sensitivity, it could be a sign of a larger health problem. If you have hypersensitivity in your teeth for more than 2-3 days, it is important to consult your dentist.
Although the cause of tooth sensitivity varies from person to person, it is almost always the dentin surface that is exposed due to worn tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the layer that protects the inner layer (dentin) of your teeth. When the enamel wears off, there is nothing left to protect sensitive teeth from the heat and cold.
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir listed the causes of enamel loss and suggested solutions as follows.
Improper brushing or hard brushing: Using a toothbrush that is too hard can put unnecessary pressure on your teeth. Brushing too vigorously can erode the enamel and expose the dentin. Brushing your teeth in circular motions with a medium-hard toothbrush without applying too much pressure will reduce wear.
Dental plaque buildup and tooth decay: If you don't remove plaque effectively, it can harden to form tartar and expose more dentin, contributing to tooth decay. It is very important to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings.
teeth grinding: The friction from teeth grinding can erode your enamel, and the pressure can cause cracks that can later attract bacteria and infections. Using toothpaste that will close the cracks and the dentin surface can eliminate your pain and ache.
Gum Disease: Tartar formation damages your teeth and gums. Over time, your gums can become inflamed and infected, eventually receding. The exposed root surface is unprotected and can be affected by our breathing in cold weather and by food and drink at different temperatures. If the exposed root surface is not very large, this surface can be covered with filling. However, if larger surfaces are exposed, they can be protected with porcelain teeth.
How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Winter
Do not neglect your visits to your dentist for regular checkups and scaling cleaning to reduce tooth sensitivity and keep your smile healthy. You can use a desensitizing toothpaste. If you grind your teeth at night, sleep with a night plate.