How the Winter Weather Can Affect Your Teeth

How the Winter Weather Can Affect Your Teeth

Have you noticed that breathing in the cold air makes your teeth hurt? This is because the inner part of your tooth called the dentine may be exposed. Dentine is usually protected by tooth enamel and consists of microscopic tubules. When exposed, these tubules allow sensations to travel to the nerve in your dental pulp, right in the centre of your tooth. If you’ve noticed your teeth have become seasonally sensitive, it could be due to one of the following reasons:

  • Brushing your teeth too vigorously can wear down your tooth enamel, exposing the dentine.
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth during your sleep also wears down tooth enamel and can frequently cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Consuming acidic beverages will gradually erode tooth enamel. These beverages include fruit juice, fizzy drinks, coffee and tea, and wine.
  • Tooth decay is a common cause of sensitivity, so if the pain is localised, come and see us as we can mend the tooth.
  • Teeth whitening agents can harm enamel when misused. If you do wish to whiten your teeth, ask us about professional dental treatments which are far safer and more effective.