Now that winter is here, everyone can look for drastic changes in temperatures. The cold can also bring changes like sore throats, dry eyes, and dry skin. But winter problems don’t stop there. Your oral health can also be affected. Maintaining a healthy mouth and smile are essential to consider ahead of time before winter sets in. That’s why for this season, we’ve made a list of changes you can be aware of and prevent as the cold comes to stay for a bit.
Here’s our list of Oral Health Tips for Winter time this year!
Even if you don’t regularly experience sensitivity in your teeth and gums, the colder bursts of air combined with warmer drinks can lead to some shocking feelings in your mouth. This increased tooth sensitivity can come from foods, drinks, and the chilly outside air as well! If you find that you are having tooth sensitivity, there are plenty of things you can do to help avoid discomfort. These include using a toothpaste specially for sensitive teeth, or rinsing your mouth out with salt water!
Brush Differently: Be Gentle
If you are noticing extra teeth sensitivity in the wintertime, consider brushing your teeth in a new style. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and try to brush more gently around your gums during these colder months. Softer brushing helps to protect your enamel and gum health which reduces sensitivity. Think about also switching to a mouthwash specifically for enamel protection to help promote enamel strength during the winter.
Chapped Lips and Dry Skin
Chapped lips is one of the most common ailments of the winter season. To avoid painful cracked lips, invest in a good lip salve with SPF+ to help keep them moisturized and protected. In addition, it’s important to mention that your body applies moisturize from the inside out. This means it’s important to replace the layer of moisture regularly so there’s no issue. Also, remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help fight dry skin and other health complications!
Your Oral Health Tips for Winter
If wintertime is causing you to stress, ask our office about options to help you prevent oral problems during the cold months.
In most cases, winter doesn’t cause many problems, but if the issues persist untreated, they can lead to other issues. Because you may have a certain kind of oral sensitivity, you could be unaware of changes until noticeable symptoms develop. It’s important to seek regular dental care and express your concerns, even through the holidays.
To avoid any issues with your winter oral care, visit our professional and pleasant office here at Mountain View Dental. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 385-324-3557.