Can cold weather cause teeth sensitivity?
Cold Weather and Sensitive Teeth
We often wear down their enamel or suffer from receding gums and tooth sensitivity because of one of the following reasons:
- Brushing too vigorously: Brushing with too much force can start to wear down your enamel.
- Clenching and grinding: Some people may clench or grind their teeth in their sleep.
- Tooth decay: Sensitivity to cold is an early sign of an undetected tooth decay problem.
- Periodontal disease: Diseases of the gums, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone can expose the dentin and cause sensitivity.
- Tooth whitening agents: Have you started using a new tooth-whitening agent? The ingredients that make your teeth whiter may strip past surface stains and start wearing down your enamel. If the agent starts hurting your teeth, stop the treatment.
- Other lifestyle habits: Other bad oral health habits, such as using tobacco products or not brushing or flossing properly, can cause your gums to recede. When this happens, the dentin at the base of the gums is exposed and can lead to temperature-sensitive teeth
- Acidic beverages: Sensitivity can also be a result of drinking sodas, coffee, tea, and other drinks with a high concentration of acid, such as juices, can erode your teeth and expose the dentin layer.
Should you experience any sensitivity during the cold weather call our office at 905-668-6301 for an appointment with Dr. Appleton.