Why Do My Teeth Hurt in Winter?

young woman covers her mouth to protect her sensitive teeth from the cold.

Winter can be a real bummer. Shorter days, frigid weather, icy roads. And on top of all that misery, so many of our patients find that their teeth hurt more in winter than they do throughout the rest of the year. In this blog post, we’ll explore why that happens, as well as some other common causes of sensitivity.

Tooth Pain & Sensitivity in Winter

Whether you live in a cold climate, or you’re just taking a vacation to a frosty locale, you may notice a difference in your teeth. You’re not imagining it: cold weather can affect the way your teeth feel. Cold temperatures cause the teeth to expand and contract, which will exacerbate any issues you may have such as cavities, enamel loss, and gum disease, causing increased pain and sensitivity. The best thing to do is to prevent these issues from developing or getting worse by keeping up with your oral care routine.

Other Causes of Tooth Pain & Sensitivity

Regardless of your weather, pain and sensitivity are common problems, and they’re known to occur for a variety of different reasons, we’ll list a few below:

Aggressive Brushing. Brushing the teeth with too much pressure can contribute to enamel loss, which makes your teeth vulnerable and sensitive. Sound like you? Look for an electric toothbrush with pressure sensors.

Bruxism. Otherwise known as clenching and grinding your teeth, this issue can also wear away at your teeth. It’s also known to cause your jaw muscle pain. Talk to your dentist about solutions, which may involve wearing a mouthguard.

Teeth Whitening. Some people experience increased pain and sensitivity when whitening their teeth. Looking for a brighter smile? Your best bet is to work with your dentist to obtain it.

Comprehensive Dental Care in North Richland Hills, Texas

If you’re struggling with chronic tooth pain, it’s time to drop us a line. Here at North Richmond Hills Dentistry our passionate team of dental professionals will move quickly to pinpoint the cause of your pain or sensitivity and address it before the problem progresses. Contact us to learn more about all we have to offer at our practice!

Will Teeth Whitening Work for Me?

Few accessories can have an immediate impact on appearance and confidence the way a whiter smile can. If you’ve been hiding your smile for years because you’re embarrassed about unsightly stains on teeth or other discoloration, you’re a great candidate for the in-office whitening treatment we offer at North Richland Hills Dentistry.

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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Our professional in-office teeth whitening services can whiten your teeth several shades in just a few hours. We use professional grade bleaching gel and closely monitor our patients during the procedures to ensure that you get the results you want. Whether you’re looking to cover up years of coffee stains or you’ve recently quit smoking and are looking to restore the appearance of your smile, our whitening treatment is versatile enough to fit your goals. During your consultation for teeth whitening, we will work with you to create a custom whitening plan that helps you meet your goals.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

While teeth whitening can gradually fade over time, your results can last for years with proper care. You can preserve your white smile through good oral hygiene and avoiding foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Due to the strength of the bleaching agents used during the tooth whitening process, patients can occasionally experience some tooth sensitivity after whitening teeth. However, this sensitivity typically goes away after just a few hours. If you are worried about tooth sensitivity, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help ease symptoms.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

The cost of our professional in-office whitening treatment depends on your goals for your smile. During your initial consultation, our team will work with you to come up with a whitening plan that fits your goals and your budget. To learn more about our professional teeth whitening services or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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