As the temperatures start to dip and the snow starts to fall, you may notice your teeth are more sensitive when you are outside. Sometimes, people tend to clench their teeth and tense up when they are out in the cold. Clenching can cause jaw and teeth erosion issues which cause sensitivity.
Sipping hot chocolate or coffee may feel comforting while being out on a cold day, but the temperature difference can cause sensitivity.
The winter months also come with holiday treats. Caramels, candy canes, and peanut brittle to name a few. Sugary treats put you at a higher risk for cavities. In addition, hard, crunchy candies put you at risk for damaged or chipped teeth. Both cavities and damaged teeth are sensitive to cold air. To help protect your teeth, drink a glass of water to rinse away the sugar and acids that are left on your teeth after enjoying a holiday treat.
To be more comfortable during the winter months, try breathing through your nose or wearing a scarf over your mouth. You can also try using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. If the problem persists, please mention it to Dr. Thor at your next dental exam.