Seasonal Sensitivity, Noticing Changes in Your Oral Health

Why are my teeth more sensitive in the Fall?

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With the change in weather, you may notice that your teeth are more sensitive. They may be sensitive to the cold air, or maybe you notice sensitivity when you are enjoying a nice hot cup of tea. From infection to tooth damage, the variety of effect seasonal change has on your body can reflect in your mouth. If you have painful, sensitive teeth, we encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Smith for an evaluation. 


Here 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.

Some signs of a tooth infections are:

  • Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck or ear.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting.
  • Fever.
  • Swelling in your face or cheek.
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your dentist today to schedule an exam.

  • Tooth damage

There may be a crack or a small fracture in the tooth. It is important to take care of tooth damage right away to avoid causing any serious complications for the rest of your mouth. 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.

  • 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.

  • Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It 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 are harmful to teeth and  gums. Therefore, can lead to sensitive teeth and if it is left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth loss.

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