How to Minimize Tooth aches Due to the Cold Air of Syracuse, NY Winters
It’s winter in Syracuse, NY and the forecast says it’s only going to get colder. It’s hard to go outside without freezing. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth warm if nothing else.
If you find that taking a breath out in the cold air stings your teeth, consider switching to a sensitivity toothpaste, like Sensodyne with 5% Potassium nitrate. The Potassium nitrate will limit the amount of temperature variance the nerves in your teeth pick up.
Whitening products can increase sensitivity. If you went on a whitening regiment for the holidays, your teeth may be feeling more sensitive from it. Take a break from the whitening and use a toothpaste like Crest ProHealth which has Stannous fluoride, an all in one ingredient for antisensitivity and anticavity.
Recession of gingival tissue can expose sensitive tooth roots (yellow color) that lack protective enamel (white color). Enamel is the strong outer covering on the chewing surface of teeth. Tooth roots can be especially sensitive to cold air or hot and cold drinks. Some recession is a normal part of the aging process, but excessive recession may be due to incorrect brushing habits, history of smokeless tobacco use, or periodontal (gum) disease. If you use a medium bristle toothbrush, switch to a soft bristle brush and consult your dentist or dental hygienist to correct your brushing technique. Your dentist will also be able to tell you whether other options are available to correct the recession or address periodontal disease.
If you don’t want to change your toothpaste, sip on something warm. This will give you an excuse to wrap your hands around a hot cup of coffee or tea. If you plan to sip your hot drink over a long period, be careful how much sugar is in the drink (see the article on caries). Use a scarf or warm weather gear to warm the air near your mouth.
If a certain tooth feels more sensitive to cold drinks, sweets, or pressure, and a lingering pain exists even after you have swallowed the drink, tell your Syracuse NY dentist about it. These may be signs of an underlying problem that sensitivity products are not meant fix. If in doubt, check with your dentist.
Syracuse, stay warm and safe!