Seasonal changes can affect your health. The freezing days of winter can bring an increase in colds and flu. Some people may welcome an escape from the harshness of winter only to find their allergies and asthma kicking up in spring as pollen counts skyrocket.

How Weather Affects Oral Health

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Did you know that seasonal changes can also influence oral health? People with sensitive teeth complain of sharp pain every time they inhale the cold winter air. Teeth react to extreme temperatures due to cracks, whether large or microscopic, in the tooth enamel. Temperature sensitivity could also arise from crowns, bridges and fillings that have eroded over time.

You can reduce your sensitivity to dental problems when temperatures plunge by making sure that you breathe through your nose. Although the lips, tongue, and cheeks provide protection from extreme temperatures, breathing through your mouth will direct cold air inside of your mouth where it can cause pain.

Fortunately, there are products such as mouthwash and toothpaste that are formulated to reduce the symptoms of sensitive teeth. These dental hygiene products provide a protective barrier over your tooth enamel.

If you suffer from allergies, you should minimize your exposure to pollen, mold and other allergens. Nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms can cause your sinuses to swell. Swollen sinuses exert pressure on the roots of the teeth, resulting in an aching sensation. The back molar is prone to this type of discomfort. Treating your swollen sinuses could alleviate tooth pain.

If you have consistent tooth discomfort, see a periodontist in Farmington. You may be suffering from other dental conditions. If dental problems advance, they could lead to more serious problems such as gum disease which may eventually lead to a loose or missing tooth.