Posted on 1/30/2020 by Amir Sanjabi, DDS
|The winter season is not only great for fireside stories over a cup of steaming tea or coffee, but also for outdoor activities such as ice skating and making a snowman. However, winter can also be unforgiving to the body. The cold weather can also be harsh on your teeth too. This article will look at how you can make it through winter without your oral health taking a hit.
How To Maintain Your Oral Health During Winter
The winter is known for dry skins and irritating throats. Your teeth could also take a serious hit during the winter. The extremely cold weather can make your teeth contract, and as a result, crack. This can end up in toothaches and cavities. By the time winter is over, most people spend fortunes to get their oral health back on track. You don't have to suffer the same fate. These tips can help you make it through winter with your oral health intact
Have The Remedy For Cold Sensitivity
While cold sensitivity is likely to come about as a result of taking cold foods, it becomes more pronounced during winter. The cold air is not good for your teeth, especially if they are sensitive. We can advise on cold sensitivity treatment or tooth-sensitive toothpaste that will help you. Besides general teeth hygiene, we also advise clients to avoid acidic or irritating foods such as candy and soda during winter.
Winter drinks such as coffee have a dehydrating effect on the body. When you are dehydrated, your salivary glands will be unable to produce enough saliva for your mouth and teeth. This means that your teeth will be unable to fight off cavities. It is much better to drink hot water with some lemon instead of caffeinated drinks. If you are unable to avoid caffeinated drinks, then take enough water too.
Be Cautious When Taking Part In Outdoor Activities
You could easily slip in the snow and lose a tooth or worse, break your jaw. While it is advisable to know basic first aid practices in case of such accidents, immediately contact us for dental emergencies. You can also avoid winter oral injuries by wearing protective items such as mouth guards when stepping out.
Keep Your Canker Sores In Check
Canker sores are a common occurrence in most people. They often disappear on their own after some time. However, the harsh winds of winter can make your canker sores worse. If the sores persist for an extended period of time, they can result in more serious health complications such as oral cancer. Get in touch with our dentists immediately if you develop any sores in your mouth.
The winter can have different effects on different people. Maintain proper oral care during winter and if you notice anything different, no matter how small, schedule a checkup with us before it becomes serious. Regular dental checkups also help prevent any issues. Make your winter appointment with us today.