Why Do Our Teeth Chatter?

Did you ever wonder why your teeth chatter when you are cold?

149160317Teeth chattering is a way of your body to maintain a proper temperature.
We come equipped with our own internal thermostat; it is a part of our brain called the hypothalamus and its job is to keep our body at a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the temperature outside drops, so too can your internal body temperature. When that happens, the hypothalamus sends a message to your body that it needs to warm up.
One way the body can generate heat is to force your muscles to move in a rapid fashion. This is commonly known as shivering. Teeth chattering is just a form of shivering.

So next time you find yourself chilled and your teeth begin to chatter, don’t worry. Just thank your body for trying to heat you up.

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