O’Fallon Dentist Discusses Dental Changes That May Occur As Weather Gets Colder
Many people find that, as the weather gets colder, their smiles start to become a little more prone to sensitivity and discomfort. Today our O’Fallon dentists are giving you some more information about why this happens, and what you can do to minimize these unwanted effects.
The first thing to keep in mind is that your dental enamel—the outermost layer of your teeth—is designed to protect your smile from the elements. The layers of your tooth that sit under your enamel—the dentin and dental core—are more sensitive.
So, if you are experiencing dental discomfort, it is probably because your dentin or some part of the dental pulp is too exposed. This can happen because your dental enamel has become thinner due to:
· Acidic substances
· Cavities or damage
· Bruxism (chronic dental grinding)
· Unhealthy habits like chewing on hard candies or ice
As the weather turns colder you may find that your teeth ache when you walk out into the cold. Additionally, your teeth may become sensitive to hot beverages—especially when you are consuming them in a cold environment.
In order to minimize these issues, you want to strengthen and fortify your dental enamel (so that the more sensitive parts of your teeth are protected).
There are specially formulated toothpastes, topical treatments, and mouth rinses that can help your enamel stay strong. Many of these formulations use fluoride, which helps to re-mineralize teeth.
You may also benefit from treatments like dental bonding, which actually covers your existing tooth with a thin layer of resin. Resin, once it has cured, is natural looking as well as extremely durable.
Our O’Fallon dentists can give you all of the additional information that you need about how to deal with dental sensitivity and discomfort. Feel free to call our dental team to schedule your consultation!