Chill out and smile! 5 ways to turn wintertime toothaches into smiles

The average winter temperature for South Dakota hovers around 20 degrees.

Although we’re used to such weather, South Dakotans may notice a little pain in their smiles come wintertime. Breathing in ice-cold air can cause tooth sensitivity, resulting in sharp pain and discomfort that can last all day.

Prevent wintertime blues for your teeth with these tips:

Breathe through your nose

Breathing in the crisp air can make teeth more sensitive. If you’re outside, try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Your lips, tongue and cheeks will keep your chattering teeth insulated.

Use fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which helps protect teeth from chilly temperatures.

Brush with ease

We love an enthusiastic brusher, but brushing too hard can wear down enamel and push back gums, causing sensitivity.

Avoid the grind

Grinding wears down enamel and exposes dentin, the sensitive center of your teeth. If you grind, talk to your dentist about wearing a mouthguard at night.

Go to the dentist

Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of another problem, such as a cavity or cracked tooth. Stick to your regular checkups to ensure a pain-free smile!