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Have you noticed that when you take a breath of cold winter that your teeth hurt? Do you experience more teeth sensitivity in the winter than the summer? Don’t worry, this is nothing strange, it’s actually quite common. 


While there are many reasons for your teeth to be sensitive (we previously touched on “What Causes Sensitive Teeth All Of A Sudden?”), your teeth can experience more sensitivity in the cold winters. Why does it happen? 


Let’s find out. 


Why My Teeth Hurt in Winter 

According to Dr. Gregg Michael Festa, DDS, “some people’s teeth are sensitive to the cold. This is most likely due to the outer coverings of tooth structure being compromised by wear or decay.” 


Dr. Lory Richter, DDS, backs this claim up, stating that “our teeth are porous, so when there are temperature changes in our mouths, that stimulus travels through the pores in the enamel and into the center of the tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels are, causing pain.”


In simple terms, it means that the extreme cold weather can actually make your teeth sensitivity worse, as it triggers symptoms.


There are several causes for tooth sensitivity which can be made worse when exposed to cold weather, including: 


  • Tooth decay
  • Exposed dentin (due to bruxism, aka grinding) 
  • Inflamed tooth nerves 
  • Newly placed dental filling 
  • Gum recession 
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How To Protect Sensitivity Teeth By Your Airdrie Dentist 

If you are experiencing sensitive teeth in the winter months, it’s best to get a dental exam by your Airdrie dentist to determine the cause of your exact tooth sensitivity.


If specific issues have been identified, such as tooth decay or exposed dentin, they can organize a plan for you to combat it. It could require a procedure (to fix a decay or inflamed tooth nerve) or additional support, such as a mouth or night guard to combat bruxism (thereby stopping you from grinding your dentin more). 


Unfortunately, in some cases, people just suffer from sensitive teeth. In this case, your dentist might provide you with a dental routine to reduce symptoms. This can include: 


  • Improving your brushing technique (as brushing too hard or brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush may cause abrasion to your teeth and gum to wear down, thereby exposing dentin)
  • Using a soft toothbrush that still cleans your teeth while not being rough on your teeth or gums
  • Correct flossing techniques and preaching regular flossing to help keep your gums healthy (and avoid gum recession and dentin exposure)
  • Using toothpaste specialized for sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne

Book An Appointment Now At Your Airdrie Dental Clinic Now

So the next time you experience tooth sensitivity when you are in the cold, book an appointment at your Airdrie dental clinic. It can make all the difference for the health of your mouth, gums and teeth while ensuring you enjoy a pain-free winter.




For all your dental health needs in Airdrie, Airdrie Family Dentist by ConfiDENTAL is here to provide you with the support you need. We offer a range of dental services, including Speedy Smiles Braces, Invisalign, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics, Dental Restoration, General Dentistry, and Sedation Dentistry in Airdrie. If you are facing any dental issues, we have the services to provide you with the relief and care you need. We have created a comfortable, relaxing and kid-friendly environment, so you know you’re in good hands. Call us on 587-600-6051 or visit us at #101, 28 Gateway Drive NE, Airdrie.