Many residents are braced and ready for the cooler temperatures that November brings. Sioux City’s average temperatures for November range around the 40s or 50s. While some are celebrating the cooler temperatures, others are bracing themselves due to tooth pain and discomfort related to cooler weather. Breathing in cooler air can irritate your teeth. This happens for several possible reasons:
- When you breathe in cold air through your open mouth it causes your teeth to contract. When the contraction occurs, it exposes new areas that may be sensitive.
- Tooth pain can also occur when you clench your jaw due to cold weather. This attempt to stay warm can cause harm to your jaw and cause erosion, which could shoot tooth pain into your mouth as well.
- If you have old fillings that no longer fit, it can expose areas that will cause pain when touched by a breath of cold air.
- Cracked teeth can cause a sharp pain when exposed to cold air.
- Recessed gums due to over-brushing or periodontal disease will cause pain.
There are a few things you can do to fight the cold stings that may occur in your teeth this winter.
- Breathe through your nose.
- Maintain good daily dental habits.
- Continue to see Dr. John Welch, DDS, FAGD at Whispering Creek Dental for regular cleanings and checkups.
Call and book your appointment today!
Posted on behalf of Whispering Creek Dental