Are your teeth hurting more and feeling more sensitive in the Winter than they do throughout the rest of the year? Here are some possible causes why your teeth hurt during the colder weather.
You are not imaging the pain and sensitivity. The cold air and the speed of the wind can cause the teeth to expand and contract, which may exacerbate any issues you may have and stress your teeth. If you have gum disease, cavities, or enamel loss, the colder air can increase sensitivity, pain, and discomfort.
Lack of Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an important element to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Sun is a primary source of Vitamin D. Since you spend more time indoors during the Wintertime, you are less likely to receive it directly from the Sun. The reduced levels of Sunlight/Vitamin D in the colder season can trigger teeth sensitivity.
Regardless of the weather, there are some other causes of tooth pain and sensitivity, such as aggressive brushing and teeth grinding. Both of these acts can contribute to enamel loss, which makes your teeth more vulnerable and sensitive as enamel is an important layer of protection for your teeth.
Ways to prevent Winter Tooth Pain & Sensitivity
Increase your Vitamin D intake
You can consider increasing your Vitamin D by taking supplements or adding them to your diet. Many foods contain this great source of nutrients, such as egg yolks, cheese, avocado, tuna, salmon, and mushrooms.
Take care of your enamel
Avoid acidic foods and drink can protect your enamel. Use desensitizing toothpaste/ fluoride mouthwash during the Winter months. Brush your teeth with a softer bristle brush and with less pressure. If you have teeth grinding and clenching problems, speak with your dentist to find a suitable solution for you.
Visit your dentist
It is recommended to visit your dentist twice a year for cleaning and checking. If you have experienced any teeth problem that lasts more than a few days, it is best to consult with your dentist as it could be a sign of a bigger underlying issue. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions regarding tooth pain or sensitivity. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can request it online here or call us at (425) 869-7560.