Sensitive Teeth? 5 Steps to Stop Winter-Related Tooth Pain
Winter will be here soon. If you have sensitive teeth, you may be concerned about the cold weather. Winter can make your tooth sensitivity worse, interfering with your normal activities. Read on for five steps you can take to control the sensitivity this winter.
1. Limit Your Winter Sugar Intake
Winter doesn't just bring cold weather. Winter also brings holidays and holiday feasts to enjoy. If you plan on participating in your fair share of holiday festivities, you'll need to limit your sugar intake, especially if you have sensitive teeth.
Sweet holiday pastries, candy, and even the occasional glass of wine or eggnog contain enough sugar to soften the enamel on your teeth. Once the enamel is softened, your teeth will be more susceptible to sensitivity. Cut back on your winter sugar consumption to alleviate the sensitivity issues.
For the occasional indulgence, brush your teeth about 30 minutes after the meal is over. If you can't brush your teeth then, rinse your mouth with water when you're done with your meal. The water will help wash away the sugar that's coating your teeth.
2. Change the Way You Brush Your Teeth
If sensitivity is an issue, change the way you brush your teeth this winter. The way you brush your teeth affects the level of sensitivity you experience, especially when it comes to your toothbrush and toothpaste. If you have a medium- or firm-bristled toothbrush, switch it for soft-bristled instead. Medium and firm bristles can damage your enamel, which makes your teeth more sensitive.
If you're using a basic toothpaste, switch to one that's designed specifically for sensitive teeth. The change will provide you with an added layer of protection against tooth sensitivity without undermining your oral hygiene routine.
3. Enjoy a Different Take on Your Hot Drinks
Hot drinks and winter weather go well together. Unfortunately, hot drinks don't go well with tooth sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth, watch the way you approach your hot drinks. If you sip your hot beverages from the cup, your teeth come in direct contact with the heat.
To avoid the sensitivity, you want to avoid direct contact between the heat and your teeth. Grab a straw and sip your hot beverage that way. The straw will keep the hot beverage away from your teeth so you can enjoy your favorite drink without the pain.
4. Wear a Mouth Guard for Your Outdoor Activities
If you get involved in outdoor activities during the winter, invest in a mouth guard. Not only will it protect your teeth from sports-related injuries, but it will also protect against weather-related tooth sensitivity.
When you breathe through your mouth during the winter, the cold air can cause serious pain to sensitive teeth. The burst of cold air is like a big drink of an ice-cold beverage. When you wear your mouth guard during winter sports, your teeth are protected against the cold air.
5. Schedule a Mid-Winter Appointment With Your Dentist
If your teeth become overly sensitive, you need to schedule a mid-winter appointment with your dentist. You may have underlying dental issues that have caused the increased sensitivity. Tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease can all cause tooth sensitivity. Whatever the reason for your sensitivity, your dentist may have treatment options that can help.
Don't let tooth sensitivity interfere with your life this winter. Use the tips provided here to protect your teeth from the colder temperatures. For other tips on how to treat tooth sensitivity, contact us at Michael J. Wallace, DDS LLC. We can help you avoid the pain and discomfort associated with sensitive teeth.