Thermal stress is a condition that occurs as a result of quickly dropping temperatures or intervals of cold and warmth, resulting in small cracks in the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to discomfort and sensitivity of the teeth. Cold temperatures make this sensitivity worse. As the air hits the break in the tooth, intense pain can be felt.
A way to help protect your teeth can be watching the way you brush. Brushing too aggressively can wear down enamel and hurt the gums. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a Sonicare electric toothbrush and take your time brushing.
Drinking beverages or eating food that is too hot or cold can also contribute to tooth sensitivity and pain. The extreme temperature irritates the nerve endings in the tooth. During the winter season, avoiding foods with temperature extremes can alleviate tooth pain.
The upper row of teeth is especially prone to sensitivity, as it is the closest to the maxillary sinus, which can easily get inflamed when sick. As the cold passes, so will the sensitivity.
There are many ways to prevent sensitivity and reduce the pain, like special toothpastes and covering the mouth when exposed to cold air. So, bundle up, enjoy this beautiful Michigan snowfall, and contact Goldstein Dental Group in Novi for an appointment if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity.