Protecting Teeth from Winter Weather | Iowa Dentist

Protecting Teeth from Winter Weather

Iowa Dentist Provides Protective Tips

As the weather gets colder, you prepare to protect your body. You put on warmer clothing and wear gloves to retain heat. Did you ever think about what you need to do to protect your teeth?  Here are some tips from your Iowa dentist that should help.
Tips to Protect Your Teeth
You don’t have to do anything special to protect your teeth from winter weather. A simple scarf wrapped around your mouth will suffice. 
If you are experiencing pain while out in the winter cold, you might be facing an issue. This could be caused by any number of reasons.
Damaged Teeth – Pain from the temperature indicates that the tooth is cracked or has suffered from dental erosion. The dentist can repair these cracks and stop the sensitivity.
Gum Recession – As we age, the gums begin to recede. It can also be a sign of infection. If this isn’t treated properly, it will progress and cause further damage. Eventually, you could be facing bone and tooth loss.
Infection of the Gums – Most dental diseases that were caused by bacteria end up under the gum line. Professional cleanings are the only treatment once the infection has begun.
Brushing too hard – Brushing is an important part of cleaning your teeth, but when done too hard, you can strip away the enamel. This leaves your teeth exposed to sensitivity from the weather, temperature and foods. Try using a soft-bristled brush and learn the proper techniques for brushing. You may also want to consider having your teeth cleaned with ultrasonic devices at your routine exam. Speak to your dentist to see if this is a good option for you.
Teeth Grinding – Many people engage in grinding their teeth and don’t even know it’s happening. That’s because it tends to occur during sleep. Grinding can cause cracks and broken teeth which lead to sensitivity.  Talk to your dentist about a night bite plate to wear during sleep. 
Whatever the weather you are facing, contact your Iowa dentist if you begin to notice any signs of sensitivity. This can mean there are larger issues going on that need to be addressed. 
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