How Does Seasonal Change Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

Have you noticed your teeth are more sensitive as the weather gets colder? It’s a common complaint. During colder weather, your teeth can contract slightly, potentially causing microcracks that slightly open whenever you bite down, and which can allow unwanted sensations to penetrate your tooth nerves.

Usually, your teeth are protected by tooth enamel, which covers the dentine underneath. Unlike enamel, dentine consists of microscopic tubules which can easily transmit the sensations of hot and cold to your tooth nerves. There are other reasons why your teeth could feel more sensitive and which include:

  • Overusing tooth whitening agents that can wear down your enamel. If this is a problem, stop using the product immediately and ask us for help and advice.
  • Tooth decay, as an untreated cavity or failing filling will allow cold sensations to penetrate the tooth easily.
  • Periodontal or gum disease can expose your tooth roots which aren’t covered with protective tooth enamel, causing sensitivity.
  • Brushing your teeth too vigorously can literally wear down your enamel.
  • Bruxism or clenching and grinding can crack and wear down your teeth.

If you do have tooth sensitivity, it’s best to have a checkup in case you require dental treatment. Otherwise, using toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help.

Oral Health and The Connection with Your Immune System

Studies conducted over the past few years show the close links between oral health and your immune system. We now know that when people neglect their oral health, it can detrimentally affect their immune system, increasing the risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, dementia and respiratory diseases.

Most of these problems are a result of bacterial buildup in your mouth. The warm, moist environment of your mouth couldn’t be better for bacteria to thrive. Additionally, leftover food particles ensure these bacteria have plenty of nutrients. This is why it’s so important to brush and floss daily.

People who fail to look after their dental health can soon develop gum disease, a bacterial infection that gradually destroys gum tissue, causing gums to bleed readily. As the gums bleed, they allow mouth bacteria to enter the bloodstream, prompting an immune response as the body tries to fight this new source of infection. In the short term, this immune response won’t do any harm, but when it occurs continually, it can cause other health problems.

We are passionate about preventative dentistry and encourage everyone to visit us regularly and to brush at least twice a day and floss once-a-day.

Managing Cold and Flu Season with Braces

Everybody knows what it’s like to have a cold or to get the flu, but if you are wearing braces when you have the sniffles, it is a little different. While wearing braces, it’s even more critical to take care of your dental health, so we’ve outlined some easy tips on how to keep your teeth strong and healthy during cold and flu season.

Drink Plenty of Water

It’s essential to remain well hydrated when you feel under the weather, as when you have a stuffy nose, you may need to breathe through your mouth. This decreases the amount of saliva, creating ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive, so make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water each day.

Choose Sugar-Free Cough Syrup and Cough Drops

Cough syrup can be soothing for a tickly throat, but many are laden with sugar. If you can, try to choose lozenges or sugar-free cough syrup. Otherwise, rinse your mouth thoroughly after using these products.

We know you may feel tired and out of sorts, but please make time to brush and floss your teeth regularly. At the very least, having a nice clean mouth will almost certainly help you feel a little better.