Can the Forecast Affect our Dental Health

In Inglewood California we experience the best of both worlds when it comes to temperatures.  Believe it or not the weather can affect our teeth, especially if we suffer from tooth sensitivity.  When the weather changes from sweltering hot to ice cold it can have an effect on our teeth.

What is tooth sensitivity

 “Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity.  If hot, cold sweet or very acidic food and drinks, or breathing cold air makes our teeth hurt then we have sensitive teeth.” (from Colgate professionals).  Why does this happen?  Tooth sensitivity can be caused by several reasons.  Some examples are cavities, thin enamel, gum shrinkage, fillings, crowns or bridges. 

What are at home treatment options for tooth sensitivity?

Fun fact: Did you know that our lips, cheeks and tongue act as insulation for our teeth?  If we breath through our nose during cold and hot temperatures instead of using our mouths, we can help lessen tooth sensitivity.  Another option is using mouthwash with fluoride, Listerine and ACT make these products. Sensodyne and Colgate make a toothpaste for people who suffer from tooth sensitivity, which is another product that should be used in conjunction with mouthwash containing fluoride. These products work by making a protective barrier around our teeth and gums.  But the best way to treat tooth sensitivity is by making our dental appointments.  Dr. Johnson will tell you that regular teeth cleaning will help in the reduction of weakened enamel, cavities and gum shrinkage. 

If the less intrusive options do not work, Dr. Johnson can provide the following treatment options:

  • Prescription strength fluoride
  • Placing bonding on the sensitive teeth
  • Gum grafts
  • Root canal

How can I prevent tooth sensitivity?

Use a soft toothbrush and brush twice a day, use a toothpaste and mouth wash with fluoride, and floss gently daily, but again, the most important way to avoid this is by seeing our dentists regularly, every six months. 

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