It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that weather can affect your health, but many people do not realize that this also includes your oral health. While autumn brings all kinds of wonderful things with it like brightly colored trees, comfy sweaters and hot chocolate, the cooler temperatures can also cause problems with your oral health.
Here are three of the most common issues you might experience, when the weather turns colder.
1. A Sore Jaw
Many people experience achy joints during the cooler weather. Well, you jaw is attached to a very important joint called the temporomandibular. If you have TMD (grinding of the teeth), this can be made worse by the cold.
Fortunately, there are many effective treatments for TMD so you should speak to your dentist if this is a concern.
2. Dry Mouth
Cooler temperatures are often accompanied by drier air, so your mouth can dry out more easily. And to further exacerbate this, you are less likely to drink enough water in the cold than you are in the hot weather.
Dry mouth can be a factor in a number of dental issues including bad breath, more frequent tooth decay, problems wearing dentures and gum irritation.
Addressing dry mouth can be as simple as drinking more water and using a humidifier at home or in your office. If problems persist however, your dentist can recommend alternative treatments.
3. Tooth Sensitivity
If you have sensitive teeth, you may be more likely to notice it in the autumn once the temperature starts to cool. If you experience pain or sensitivity when eating cold foods such as ice cream, you may experience a similar sensation when cold wind is blowing on your teeth.
The sensitivity can be even more severe if you like to enjoy a hot soup or cocoa after coming inside from the cold. Using a toothpaste that is formulated for sensitive teeth can help but if your teeth are more sensitive than they normally are or if they are only sensitive in a certain spot, it could be a sign of a cavity, so you will want to visit your dentist to be sure.
If you have been dealing with any of the issues above associated with the autumn weather and would like to discuss them further, call The Family Dentist today. We can schedule an examination to rule out any underlying problems and to help you with strategies to keep your teeth healthy at any time of year.