It’s getting colder!
It’s time to look out the winter coats, our hats, scarves and gloves and it is also time to start taking care of your teeth. The cold weather can cause our teeth problems if we don’t take care extra care of them in the winter months.
What should you watch out for?
Cold weather can cause increased sensitivity in teeth – even for pe
ople who don’t suffer from sensitivity regularly. This can range from mild sensitivity to extreme sensitivity which can cause people to become unable to eat or drink.
The cold weather can cause people to subconsciously clench their jaw and grind their teeth.
This is a natural reaction from your body to keep warm while outdoors in freezing temperatures. While this isn’t a huge problem, clenching your jaw persistently could cause ache and result in a trip to the dentist.
What can you do to help alleviate the pain?
During the winter months, if you can, breathe in and out of your nose as much as possible, particularly when you are outdoors. Breathing in very cold air can make your teeth sensitive. Your cheeks, tongue and lips will insulate your mouth if your mouth is closed. We know this can be difficult during the winter months though – especially if you’re suffering from the common cold!
Switch up your toothpaste to one that is specific for those who suffer from sensitive teeth! Your dentist will be able to recommend one of these to you and they can be picked up in most supermarkets and pharmacies.
When it is freezing cold, wrap up warm with a scarf round your neck and bring it just high enough up to cover your mouth. This creates a barrier between the cold air and your teeth.
When should you see a dentist?
If the pain is consistent for more than a week, we recommend that you go and speak to your dentist. They will be able to make a diagnosis if there is an underlying condition which is causing the extreme sensitivity. If the pain is unbearable and you need to speak to a dentist in an emergency, call NHS on 111.
What if you don’t have a dentist?
We can help you find one. On our website we have thousands of practices listed to help you find a private or NHS dentist in your town. All you have to do is head to our website and enter your location to get started. Read reviews from other patients and see what treatments are available in each practice. Then simply pick the one that suits you best.