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Winter and Dental Sensitivity

The arrival of cold influences directly our dental sensitivity. The loss of enamel due to the low temperatures of the environment exposes the dentin, a much more sensitive inner layer of the tooth. This provokes a sensation of discomfort or slight pain when taking food, especially drinks, very cold or very hot or even when exposed to extreme temperatures.

A very popular ailment

Dental sensitivity is one of the most common pathologies among our patients and the one with the most tolerance they learn to live since normally the dentist does not usually go for dental sensitivity alone. However, dental sensitivity may be the first symptom of the existence of other pathologies that, if diagnosed early, can be treated effectively.

Causes of dental sensitivity

As we pointed out earlier, the reason why we feel acute pain in the teeth is because of the retraction of the gums and the loss of enamel. This loss of enamel is almost always caused by habits and habits harmful to our teeth such as:

  • Inadequate oral hygiene techniques such as aggressive brushing with hard filaments
  • Chemical erosion by the intake of acidic foods or the accumulation of bacterial plaque in the gum
  • Use of inadequate toothpastes
  • Exposure of the teeth to extreme temperatures, especially the cold.

How to prevent tooth sensitivity in cold weather?

In winter it is necessary to double the precautions so as not to suffer the annoying pain and to protect the dental enamel correctly. One of the easiest ways is to avoid the intake of acidic foods or with a lot of sugar, especially sugary soft drinks. If we consume them, to avoid a greater wear of the enamel, it is advisable to take a lot of water or milk to clean the residues of the acid that would continue damaging the enamel or to sip acid drinks with straws to avoid having contact with the enamel of our teeth.

Performing good oral hygiene is also a priority to avoid tooth sensitivity. Brush your teeth after every meal. In addition to a specialized toothpaste for tooth sensitivity, it is advisable to incorporate fluoride into the daily routine as it strengthens the enamel. Another important thing is to brush your teeth correctly and with the right brush, one too hard can be the cause of excessive wear.

If pain continues to persist, it is necessary to go to the dentist because the loss of enamel favors the appearance of periodontal diseases, caries and symptoms of other diseases related to the health of the mouth.