Fall weather and sensitive teeth

Fall weather and sensitive teeth

With the change in weather, you may notice that your teeth are more sensitive. They may be sensitive to the cold air, or you may notice sensitivity when you are enjoying a nice hot cup of apple cider. This can be caused by a few different things. If you have painful, sensitive teeth, you can make an appointment with Dr. Richard Smith at the Smile Institute for help.

sensitive teeth smile instituteHere are some reasons that your teeth might be sensitive:

Infection

If you eat or drink something cold or hot and have pain in the tooth even after the food or liquid is removed, you may need a root canal treatment. A root canal removes the infected tooth pulp, the soft insides of the tooth.

Tooth damage

You may have damage to your tooth, such as a crack or a small fracture. You may not even notice this until a cold fall breeze hits your teeth! Tooth damage should be taken care of right away, before even more serious damage occurs. Dr. Smith may recommend a restoration, such as a filling, a crown or a veneer.

Enamel erosion

Enamel is the substance that covers your tooth. It is a very thin shell, but it is very tough, and one of its functions is to insulate the tooth from heat and cold. Enamel can wear off teeth when you constantly brush your teeth with too much force; when you have a habit of biting down on hard objects, such as pens or fingernails; or when you often eat acidic foods.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is a buildup of plaque on the teeth, and if it isn’t removed, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar and plaque are both made of bacteria that can harm the teeth and the gums. This can lead to sensitive teeth, and if it is left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Bruxism

Many people look forward to fall for the fun of Halloween, the pumpkin patch and the promise of hot chocolate. Other people see fall coming and immediately feel the stress of the upcoming holidays! Stress is just one possible cause of bruxism — the grinding and clenching of the teeth. Bruxism can be another cause of enamel coming off teeth, and it can make teeth sensitive and painful.

How can I help my sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, you can try a few things to reduce this sensitivity:

  • Try a toothpaste for sensitive teeth
  • Make sure you brush and floss regularly
  • Avoid foods and drinks that are highly acidic
  • If you think you might grind your teeth, ask your dentist for help

It is important not to ignore it if you’ve noticed your teeth have been more sensitive lately. It can be caused by many things, and you should see Dr. Smith and the team at the Smile Institute right away! Call (541) 484-1955 to make an appointment!