You may have noticed that your teeth feel and function differently at different times of the year. Changing seasons can impact your oral health in some surprising ways. This article will help you anticipate the changes that you’ll experience, and will also help you decide when it’s time to make an appointment with the dentist.
Ever noticed the way biting into a big scoop of ice cream can make your teeth hurt? You’re probably used to the way temperature fluctuations in your food can impact your teeth, but have you ever noticed that temperature fluctuations in the air can have the same effect? Many people experience this problem when the temperature outside is very cold. You can avoid this particular problem by:
- Drinking hot beverages when spending time outdoors in cold weather
- Breathing through your nose instead of through your mouth
- Wearing a scarf over your mouth when it’s cold outside
- Brushing with desensitizing toothpaste – your dentist can recommend a type that will work well for you
If you get seasonal allergies, you may have occasional problems with your sinuses. Your sinuses are just above your upper teeth, so when your sinuses fill with fluid, pressure in your sinuses can cause your teeth to hurt. This can happen any time you get seasonal allergies, but can also happen at other times, especially if you’re vulnerable to sinus infections.
How can you tell the difference between sinus pressure and a standard toothache?
- It will seem like multiple teeth hurt all at once.
- You’ll notice this when you’re having symptoms of a sinus problem.
- The pain will be dull and persistent, rather than achy like a standard toothache.
High humidity combined with high heat can cause you to feel sweatier and more uncomfortable than normal, which in turn can lead you to become dehydrated. Dehydration is bad for your oral health because it can lead to dry mouth, which promotes bacteria growth. Persistent dry mouth can cause problems like bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, plaque build up, and even cavities.
How will you know if you’re dehydrated? You’ll notice that your mouth feels dry and your lips may become chapped. Drink plenty of fluids when the temperature outside rises. If it’s muggy outside, you may notice that you sweat more than usual. If you’re sweating through your shirt or getting excessively wet underarms, drink often and refill your water bottle several times per day.
Noticing Abnormal Changes to Your Oral Hygiene? Contact Weninger Dentistry in Tampa, FL.
Not all changes in the state of your mouth can be attributed to the changing seasons. If you’re not sure whether you need to see a dentist, check in with your dental professional at Weninger Dentistry. Make an appointment for an examination, or just contact our dental office to get answers to your questions. Call today.