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Tackling Cold Sensitivity on the Ski Slopes


Calling all skiers!  Our local ski mountains are finally open!

Winter brings a wonderland of snowy adventures, and for many, hitting the slopes at our local Okanagan mountains is a favorite seasonal pastime. Nothing compares to skiing champagne powder at Big White or Silverstar, but the cold temperatures and brisk winds can pose challenges for those with sensitive teeth putting a damper on the experience.  

What Causes Cold Sensitivity?


Cold sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, occurs when the protective enamel on our teeth wears down, exposing the underlying dentin. Dentin contains microscopic tubules that connect to the nerve, making the teeth more susceptible to temperature changes.

Why Skiing Can Exacerbate Cold Sensitivity:

Skiing involves exposure to cold air, wind, and often, sipping on hot beverages in chilly conditions. These factors can trigger discomfort for those with sensitive teeth. The sensation of cold sensitivity can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience a brief, sharp pain, while others may feel a lingering discomfort. The degree of sensitivity may depend on the severity of enamel wear, the presence of exposed dentin, or other dental conditions.

Our Okanagan Dentistry Team Is Here To Help

It's important to note that if you consistently experience tooth sensitivity while skiing or in cold conditions, it may be indicative of an underlying dental issue. At your regular checkup and cleaning at Okanagan Dentistry inform your hygienist or dentist, so they can help identify the cause of sensitivity and determine an appropriate course of action to address the discomfort. In the meantime, using toothpaste such as Sensodyne for sensitive teeth and taking preventive measures, such as wearing a mouthguard to shield against the cold, can help mitigate sensitivity during winter activities like skiing.

We look forward to improving your ski season by making sure your teeth are ready to tackle the cold.  Wishing everyone a season full of Okanagan champagne powder days and big healthy smiles on the slopes!