Usually a time for oversized hoodies, hot chocolate, and snowy bliss, winter may not always be good news for your teeth. As hard wearing as they are, extreme cold or hot temperatures can be really irritating for the teeth due to their sensitive and porous nature. Because they are accustomed to your normal body temperature, an encounter with an environment colder or hotter may result in mild irritation or severe pain.
In winter, when you breathe through your mouth, the cold air comes in constant contact with the teeth and can thus trigger any sensitive spaces, especially along the gum line. On the other hand, when you exhale and close your mouth, the warm temperature inside encourages teeth expansion. When this continues over time, it can cause fissures and small cracks in your teeth.
Likewise, when your mouth experiences warm cocoa milk after being continuously exposed to the chilly air, the effect is rather similar. Since the root lacks the protection of the enamel, unlike the rest of the tooth’s surface, it becomes extra sensitive to almost everything it comes into contact with. So, what can you do to minimize the harsh effects of winter on your teeth?
The first step is to try breathing from the nose instead of the mouth to avoid pangs of cold air from hitting your teeth. The next step is to invest in a fluoride or sensitivity toothpaste or mouth rinse to seal the sensitive areas of your mouth and minimize the severe effect of cold. You can also opt to get conservative bonded fillings, which are placed directly on exposed roots to create a barrier against the harsh winds and cold. Lastly, you can softly massage a fluoride gel onto your teeth and gums after brushing.
Following these tips will enable you to keep your teeth healthy and strong during the winter.