Looking After Your Teeth In Winter

Our Wickford and Rayleigh dentist explains how to cope with the colder weather.

You will probably have noticed the temperature gauge dropping in recent days. Whilst recent winters have been relatively mild, the colder weather during the last few days is a reminder that it need not always be that way.

Even relatively mild winters will see the temperature drop from time to time. This can present some temporary problems for your teeth and gums which we will discuss in today’s blog.

Sensitive teeth

Anyone who already has sensitive teeth will really notice it when the icy winds come. The cold air, as it passes over our teeth, causes them to contract in the same way that it does most hard objects. Although it does this in a very minor way, it can cause pressure in the teeth which can make them less comfortable. In addition to this, if the enamel on your teeth is worn down, perhaps from grinding or even excessive brushing, the more porous dentin layer is then exposed, enabling the cold to reach the nerves within your teeth.

If you are going to be outside for some time when it is cold, make sure to wrap a scarf, or similar, around your mouth, to keep your teeth warm and comfortable. It is also a good idea to allow any hot drinks that you have straight after, to cool a little in order to avoid a sudden extreme change in temperature which could cause some discomfort.

Jaw problems

Strange as it may seem, jaw problems are more common in winter. This is because we tend to clench them tightly when battling the cold, especially if we are doing something physical, such as removing snow from our drives. Try to relax your shoulders and breathe as normally as you can, Above all, try not to grind your teeth when you clench your jaws.

Dehydration

Whilst we normally associate dehydration with hot weather, we are equally vulnerable when it is cold. Very cold air is usually particularly dry and can ‘suck’ the moisture from our bodies. In addition to generally feeling more tired when we are dehydrated, it can also cause problems such as sore and cracked lips, and can also affect our gum health. Gingival bacteria thrive more easily in a dry mouth and put you at greater risk of gum disease.

Make sure to dry to drink fluids during the colder winter months, and, of course, make sure that you maintain a good oral health regimen on a daily basis.

If you find that you are experiencing tooth sensitivity on a regular basis, it is worth having them checked by the dentist at The Cygnet Dental Practice to make sure that there are no problems such as cracked teeth or loose fillings that might be causing it.

You can contact our Wickford practice during working hours on 01268 733078.