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In the winter, dental issues including gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and damaged fillings can be exacerbated. If you’re feeling increased dental pain in the winter, read on to learn why this occurs, and rest assured that your dentist can restore the health and comfort of your teeth.  

Why Do Dental Issues Get Worse in the Winter?

When the teeth are exposed to cold temperatures, they contract. As the teeth contract, small cracks can form in the outer layer of the teeth, called the enamel. The dentin, which includes the blood vessels and nerves in the teeth, is found below the enamel. So, the small cracks in the enamel can expose the dentin and the nerves that it contains to cold temperatures, often leading to sensitivity. 

In addition to the contraction of the teeth in the winter, cold temperatures can worsen the pain for people with dental issues such as gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and damaged fillings. The dry, cold air that occurs in the winter can cause significant pain when it hits an exposed root or damaged tooth. This is similar to the pain that you may feel when you drink a cold beverage or eat cold foods if you have tooth sensitivity. 

Solutions for Dental Pain in the Winter

There are several ways that you can reduce dental pain in the winter, including:

  • Fluoride treatment

When you visit your dentist for a routine cleaning, ask about fluoride treatments. Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel, which can help with sensitivity from exposed dentin. 

  • Periodontal treatment

If you have sensitive and inflamed gums, periodontal treatment will help reduce pain and prevent further gum recession. 

  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth

By switching to a toothpaste that’s designed for sensitive teeth, you can reduce the tooth sensitivity that you experience in the winter. 

  • Dental care for damaged fillings

If you have a damaged filling or any other type of dental issue, visiting your dentist for treatment will restore your dental health and prevent tooth pain this winter.

Schedule an appointment today at 19th Avenue Dental for expert dental treatment to protect your teeth this winter!