Cold weather can bring about unique challenges for oral health, including sensitivity, dryness, and potential damage.
Here are 5 essential tips from Dr John Cobley your local dentist in Manning for looking after your teeth during this chilly season.
1. Protect Your Teeth from Cold Sensitivity: Cold air can be a trigger for tooth sensitivity and cause discomfort, sometimes exacerbated if you already struggle with this issue. Both Dr John and Dr Nelson recommend the use of a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain ingredients that help desensitize the nerves in your teeth, making them less susceptible to the effects of cold temperatures.
2. Stay Mindful of what you are eating: Winter often brings an abundance of sugary treats, whether that be warm baked goods or hot drinks like hot chocolate with marshmallows. Excess sugar can lead to tooth decay and cavities so it is best to enjoy these treats in moderation.
As always, maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods like dairy products, will contribute to strong teeth and gums.
3. Combat Dry Mouth: enjoying that lovely and warm indoor heating along with reduced water intake during winter can contribute to dry mouth. To combat this, stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
You could also consider using a humidifier at home, these help to add moisture to the air and can alleviate dry mouth symptoms and promote better oral health.
4. Avoid sudden temperature changes on your teeth: Sudden temperature changes can cause cracks and fractures, so it is best to drink room temperature water and allow your hot beverages to cool a little before taking a sip.
5. Maintain a Consistent Oral Hygiene Routine: As things tend to slow down in Winter so do some of our regular habits. Regular brushing and flossing should remain a part of your daily routine. Dr John reminds you to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
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