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The human body is very vulnerable to weather fluctuations. Perhaps you may know a person who suffers from headaches or joint pain right before a weather change. This usually concerns the elderly people and those who had serious injuries. Did you know that meteoropathy can even cause a toothache? How can this even be possible? Let’s find out.
What Changes in a Human Body with the Weather?
Weather changes consist of three components. These are atmospheric pressure, air humidity, and geomagnetic radiation. But not all of us feel their influence; it’s only those who have certain problems with health. Poor lifestyle choices, injuries, aging, and diseases make the human body more vulnerable to weather fluctuations.
Meteoropathy appears when there is a dysfunction in the cardiovascular system. A sudden drop in atmospheric pressure changes the width of vessels near the nerves. This is why you feel pain. It’s not your teeth that hurt, but it’s the nerves that are giving the pain signal to the brain.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
The underlying toothache mechanism associated with tooth decay works in the same way. The acid emitted by the Streptococcus bacteria destroys the enamel and dentin and gets into the dental pulp. The dental pulp consists of blood vessels and nerves. Whenever the nerves are involved – a patient feels pain.
As you can see, in both cases the nerves suffer. A tooth with a dead nerve cannot hurt. The reason why we feel pain is always connected to the nerves. Cases involving cavities, the problem is in the tooth, but cases involving meteoropathy, it is the nerves and vessels.
Can Our Teeth Catch a Cold?
There is one more unexpected reason for weather-conditioned dental pain. It’s a common cold. Sounds weird, right? Let’s see how it works and why it is absolutely logical, even when it doesn't sound like it.
When we catch a cold, we have a stuffy nose, which is hard to breathe through. Therefore, we start breathing through the mouth. This causes a dryness of the oral mucosa, which can lead to periodontal problems.
The lack of saliva is very bad for our teeth. Saliva provides them with important substances and minerals, also providing them with remineralization. Without these elements, the dental enamel gets weak, thin, and vulnerable. The teeth become sensitive and start to hurt.
The solutions we take to fight our cold contain acid, which is aggressive towards the dental enamel. This concerns both natural and pharmaceutical remedies. To better protect our teeth against this, rinse your mouth with clean water after you take medicine.
Don’t Hesitate to Visit Your Dentist
On feeling any dental pain, make an appointment with your family dentist. It is important to reveal the true cause of your pain. Even if you know that you are meteoropathic, there is always a chance that this time your teeth hurt for a reason.