Baby its cold outside! This season, your teeth may be feeling the chill even more than the rest of your body. Teeth are particularly sensitive to temperatures, especially frigid ones, making it uncomfortable to eat or drink anything that’s a little too hot or cold. The sensitivity you’re feeling isn’t a direct result of a cavity, although that could be the culprit. Usually the uncomfortable feeling is the result of decay, irritated gums, worn tooth enamel or an exposed root. If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth in Harrisonburg and Winchester, VA, give the experienced doctors at Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute a call today. In the meantime, we have compiled a few tips to help you ease the discomfort associated with tooth sensitivity in cold weather.

Relieve Sensitive Tooth Pain

While it’s difficult to ease sensitive tooth pain without knowing the cause, there are a few things you can try before you come in for your appointment. Try the following methods to see if any help in alleviating your discomfort:

Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your gums may be irritated from the firm bristles on your toothbrush. Switch to one with softer bristles and see if this helps with the pain. You might also try brushing your teeth with less intensity. A gentle hand can effectively brush teeth in as little as two minutes.

Try new toothpaste. There are a myriad of toothpastes on the market that are specifically designed for sensitive teeth and can help build up the remaining enamel to provide a layer of protection.

Avoid acidic beverages. Acid can cause your tooth enamel to soften and become more sensitive, avoid it when possible.

Use a mouthguard. In case your teeth are sensitive from grinding, you may want to consider using a mouth guard when you sleep.

Call the Experts

Don’t suffer with tooth sensitivity any longer; give the doctors at Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute a call today to schedule an appointment. Speak with a member of our team by calling our Harrisonburg office at (540) 907-4060 or our Winchester office at (540) 427-6142.