The hard enamel of your teeth protects it from temperature changes, but they are altogether not that resistant to cold. Certain factors can affect the sensitivity of your teeth and these include the semi-annual dental cleaning.
When your dentist scrapes the sensitive part along the gum line, this is akin to the feeling of sudden coldness you experience during winter season.
How Does the Cold Air Affect Your Teeth?Although your teeth have a hard outer layer called enamel, which becomes the barrier against damages and temperature changes, they are porous and sensitive.
When doing activities outside, you naturally breathe through the mouth, which exposes the teeth to cold air. This process of breathing in cold air contracts the teeth and then expands back with the warm internal air coming from your body.
The constant temperature changes exposes the calcified tubules called dentin to heat and cold, making them contract and expand faster as opposed to the hard layer of enamel. The onset of changes forms small invisible ruptures along the tooth structure which causes extreme sensitivity.
Avoid Pain by Having Your Sensitive Teeth Checked by Our Dental ExpertsA way to avoid tooth sensitivity during winter is to breathe in through the nose whenever you can avoid getting that sudden sharp pain in your teeth and gums.
Also, having your teeth checked by our dental experts can rule out the existence of other issues that may cause tooth sensitivity during winter.
As other factors can contribute to tooth sensitivity, including rough brushings, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and swollen gums during winter, having your sets checked by our dentists can help get rid of the pain you feel during the cold months.
To enjoy the holiday thrills, come see us right away if you constantly experience a tingling tooth sensitivity when going outside.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 673-9097 today.