The effects of winter cold on your teeth
Brrr, how cold! It seems that the stormy glory brings us the worst of winter, with rain, snow, wind and polar cold. However, these waves of low temperatures do not affect everyone equally.
At your dentist in Valencia, we know that one in seven people suffer from dental sensitivity or dentinal hypersensitivity, which causes them to experience painful discomfort or stitches when breathing the cold winter air affecting their dental health and serving as a warning for future pathologies, but also being able to cause them, like caries, gingivitis, periodontitis and orthotic or dental mobility problems.
This occurs when due to enamel damage (due to tooth decay or too aggressive brushing, etc.) or due to gum recession, the dentin loses its natural protection and is exposed, allowing external agents such as cold to reach nerve endings.
Dentin is the layer closest to the pulp chamber, with which it communicates through nerve endings, sharing sensitivity and response to high stimuli of cold, heat, acids, sweets or pressure.
It is interesting to take some precautions that, like sheltering ourselves, it is easier for us not to get sick, help our oral health not be affected. Your dentist in Valencia offers you some recommendations:
Packed with wonderful nutrients, vitamin C and properties, they help strengthen our bones, improve our transit and reduce stress … always ingested to the right extent. Its excessive abuse can contribute to the weakening of the enamel, the proliferation of bacteria responsible for caries and cause gastric reflux, which irritates it and also the teeth.
Excessively hot drinks
As in the summer with excessively cold drinks, sudden changes in temperature negatively affect the pulp, formed by nerves and blood vessels that expand with heat. This produces pain, and subsequently, retraction and calcification of the area, with the consequent loss of sensitivity and possible loss of the tooth.
Work, obligations, school, everything that disappears during the holidays, returns to the load affecting our stress levels throughout the winter, affecting the health of our body and also our oral health through certain reflexes such as bruxism and harmful orofacial habits such as nail biting, pens or smoking to calm the nerves.
Keep your lips hydrated
They are the prelude to the mouth and one of the essential parts of the smile. With the cold they suffer dehydration and cracking, so it is convenient to go to balms, cocoa and lipsticks indicated to protect them from the cold.
Try to breathe through the nose.
Not by mouth to avoid colder air. Use a scarf that covers and protects the mouth avoiding direct contact with cold air.
Run away from whitening pastes
Bet on the specific ones for sensitive teeth accompanied by soft bristle brush to avoid damaging the enamel. Ask your dentist in Valencia. He will recommend the most suitable for you.
Moderate foods with sugars or excessively sweet, as well as tobacco. Both will damage the tooth enamel.
If despite all precautions, you feel discomfort or pain, do not hesitate and ask for an appointment at your dentist in Valencia. It’s easy to make your first appointment online or through the phone. 96 3303344 or 96 0500242 or on our website www.clinicadentalponssoria.com and consult with your dentist in Valencia.
We will be happy to assist you in our clinics in Alfredo Torán and Olmos, 7 (corner Avda. Francia, 27) and Gran Vía Marqués del Turia, 37 – under right. Valencia.
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