In the winter time many people suffer from sensitive teeth. There are many reasons why this may happen for different people. Often when very cold air comes in through the mouth the teeth will contract and then expand again once back to regular body temperatures. Sometimes these contractions and expansions can even put teeny cracks in the teeth and while these cracks are not visible, they can cause sensitivity.
If the sensitivity does not go away and it is lingering around, definitely go and see your dentist to make sure that everything is OK.
Below are 10 reasons why your teeth may be sensitive to cold weather in the wintertime:
- Fillings are chipped and the inside of the tooth is exposed – Sometimes these fillings need to be repaired. See your dentist to evaluate the fillings and treat as needed
- A crown or bridge is failing and has an open gap where food and acids damaged the tooth underneath – Your dentist may need to remove this work and redo it so the teeth are protected
- A cracked tooth – Sometimes cracked teeth need fixed and sometimes they may be OK. See your dentist for an evaluation to determine if something needs done
- Gum recession – If your gums have receded, the root of the tooth may be exposed. Root surfaces do not have enamel that protects from sensitivity. There are treatments for root sensitivity- be sure to ask your dentist if you suffer from this at your next check-up
- A Bad Bite – If the teeth are not lined up properly and you are biting harder in certain areas than others, the nerves inside those teeth may be inflamed. This can lead to sensitivity in cold weather
- Grinding and clenching your teeth – Patients that clench and grind their teeth are much more likely to experience sensitivity to the cold weather
- Infection – If there is any infection in the gums or in the teeth patients may suffer from extreme sensitivity to the cold. Make sure to see a dentist ASAP if you believe you have an infection
- Cavities – When bacteria that cause cavities have invaded the teeth it makes them more sensitive, especially to temperature
- Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease – Patients that suffer from gum disease often have a lot of sensitivity
- Large metal fillings – Sometimes patients that have large metal fillings experience more sensitivity to temperature when it is cold outside. Ask your dentist if these fillings need replaced
If you are experiencing sensitivity to the cold it is best to visit your dentist. They may only suggest you begin using prescription sensitivity toothpaste; however, they may find infection or tooth decay.
If you would like to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon or Dr. Stephanie Smith call our office at 215.568.6222 so that we can help you. We look forward to meeting you soon!