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Winter Sensitivity

Published on December 20th, 2018

Do your teeth have the cold weather blues? As your tooth enamel begins to wear down and your gums start to recede, a layer of your teeth becomes unprotected that’s extremely sensitive to temperature changes. The intense winter weather doesn’t help. If you’ve ever experienced pain from the frigid winter air, you aren’t alone. Our dentist in Lincoln Park is here to explain why that happens and some tips to prevent it.

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive in the Winter?

Weather sensitivity can occur whether you’re an oral health pro or not, but you’re more likely to be afflicted if you don’t have good oral hygiene habits or reside in a climate that has varying temperatures. A few common causes of seasonally reactive teeth are grinding, over-brushing, whitening products, periodontal disease, and decay.

What Can I Do?

To avoid tooth pain this winter, try breathing in and out through your nose as much as possible. This way, you can avoid direct contact between the cold air and your teeth, which often causes pain. A warm drink will also help ease the aches! Additionally, we recommend using a fluoride mouthwash twice a day to seal sensitive teeth.

Should I See a Dentist Lincoln Park?

If these tips don’t help and you’re still experiencing tooth sensitivity that seems out of the ordinary, make an appointment with your dentist in Lincoln Park. Persistent pain could be a warning sign of a bigger problem, so it’s worth seeing your dentist just in case.

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