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Weather Can Cause Your Teeth to Hurt

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Weather Can Cause Your Teeth to HurtYou may have heard of people that speculate on when it's going to rain by how their joints feel. There are groups of people who possess teeth sensitive to the weather. Most of the time it's sensitivity to cold temperatures like wintertime.

It's one of the reasons jobs like warehousing specifically ask, can you spend long periods in cold temperatures. If you are one of the unlucky ones that experience this. We wanted to explain it to others and provide some tips on relief.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to the Weather?

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, at least 40 million adults suffer from sensitive teeth in the United States. The problem is common, and it is treatable. The most common complaint among dental patients is a sudden, sharp blast of pain when teeth are exposed to cold air or cold weather temperatures. In the average healthy teeth, enamel protects the soft inner layer of the tooth called the dentin. Further inside, the tooth roots are protected by the gums.

If the enamel is eroded or if the gum line has retreated, the dentin becomes exposed. The dentin contains microscopic tubes that lead to the tooth's pulp. There are hundreds of these porous nerve tubes that start to fire in sensitive teeth, cold air travels through the tubes and hit on the nerves deep inside the tooth. Once they are triggered, they deliver a sharp zing.

How to Deal With Weather Sensitive Teeth

Take care of the enamel. The protective layer of your tooth can be protected. To give it a boost against extreme temperatures, use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth about a half hour before going outside. The paste contains high levels of fluoride to coat your teeth. Use fluoride mouthwash regularly.

By practicing good hygiene, you can build up your tooth's protective enamel. A thick, healthy enamel will be able to withstand even the coldest weather chills.
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