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Can Cold Weather Make Your Teeth Hurt?

Woman with sensitive tooth pain in cold winter weather.


Winter brings chilly weather, cozy blankets, and hot cocoa. However, it can also bring tooth sensitivity and pain for some people. Cold weather and dental sensitivity may be related, and it can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience.

In this post, we will explore the possible causes of tooth sensitivity in cold weather and how to prevent it.

What causes tooth sensitivity in cold weather

The connection between tooth pain and cold weather can seem unlikely. But we assure you, this is not in your head!

When you expose your teeth to cold air or cold water, your tooth enamel and gums can contract, which can irritate your nerves and cause tooth sensitivity. This phenomenon, combined with thinning tooth enamel, can cause pain and sensitivity because the barrier between dentin (the sensitive inner portion of your teeth) and the outside world is weakened.

Underlying causes of thinning tooth enamel which can result in cold weather tooth sensitivity, include:

How to prevent tooth sensitivity in cold weather

The first line of defense when it comes to tooth sensitivity is prevention. Stopping sensitivity before it starts is your best option. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent tooth sensitivity in cold weather:

How to treat tooth sensitivity in cold weather

If you already have tooth sensitivity in cold weather, there are several treatments you can try. If there is an underlying cause of your tooth sensitivity, it is essential to treat it directly. You can also employ methods that specifically target sensitivity to minimize your discomfort during this time of year.

When to see a dentist

Cold weather can cause tooth sensitivity and pain for some people, but there are several ways to prevent and treat it. By practicing good dental hygiene, wearing a scarf or face mask, and seeing your dentist regularly, you can reduce your risk of tooth sensitivity and enjoy a comfortable winter season.

If you experience tooth sensitivity or pain in cold weather, it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible. We can examine your teeth and gums, diagnose the underlying cause of your sensitivity, and recommend the appropriate treatment. If you are experiencing significant pain or sensitivity, contact us for an appointment right away.



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