If you have sensitive teeth, the colder months of winter can be extra tough. Sensitive teeth are usually caused by a loss of tooth enamel, or by dental erosion. Receding gums and tooth decay can also leave your teeth feeling sensitive. But if your teeth are sensitive, you can really feel it when the cold weather arrives. Sensitive teeth are vulnerable to temperature. The cold air can increase your discomfort, as well as the hot drinks such as cocoa, which you are more apt to enjoy in the colder months. Additionally, the sugar in hot chocolate or cider could set your teeth on edge.
If you have sensitive teeth, you should let your dentist know. Your dentist can give you an exam to find the cause of the problem. You might need to have a filling replaced, or cavity treated. If the problem is receding gum that expose the sensitive root, your dentist can treat you for that. Your dentist may want to give you a fluoride treatment to strengthen your enamel, or a dental bond may solve the problem. It may be an issue of using a desensitizing toothpaste, switching to a toothpaste that is less abrasive, or using a toothpaste with a higher fluoride content. You may be brushing your teeth too hard, or you might need a toothbrush with softer bristles.
You don’t have to suffer through the winter months. Ot for that matter, any other time of the year! If you have a problem with sensitive teeth, our dentist Jason Brown will be happy to see you. If you live in theNaperville, Illinois, area and would like to schedule an appointment at North Pointe Dental Care, call us today at 630-245-0200. We look forward to seeing you soon!