As the temperature drops throughout the fall, it reminds us that winter is on the way. Along with fall and winter comes the holidays that bring lots of tasty treats that everybody loves to graze upon. Not only do we eat more treats during the winter holidays, but there are more events and activities during the winter that can be dangerous for your oral health. Along with avoiding the cold toes and achy bones of winter, it is also important to visit your general dentist for a winter check-up. Here are a few tips to help you prevent some common oral health problems during the cold season.
Winter sports, such as ice hockey, skiing, sledding and ice skating can be just as dangerous for your teeth as summer sports. You or the kids can easily chip or knock out a tooth (or two) from slipping on the ice or getting hit in the mouth with a hockey puck. One of the best ways to prevent damage to the teeth is to wear a mouth guard when playing winter sports.
The cold air may cause your teeth to become extra sensitive. Sensitivity in teeth usually causes a throbbing feeling and/or pain inside your mouth and the areas of your face around your mouth. When you are cold, your teeth may chatter, which may weaken the enamel on your teeth. Keeping warm is essential for your body to function properly and to help teeth feel less sensitivity from chattering. Wear the appropriate winter clothing for winter activities and sip a cup of warm sugar-free tea to help you stay warm.
Colds and Flu
It is almost impossible to avoid getting a cold or the flu during the winter. Unfortunately, getting sick not only makes you feel miserable, but it also affects your eating habits and your oral health habits. When you’re sick and tired, nothing may sound good at meal times. This can cause you to avoid eating healthy meals and forgetting to brush afterwards. Some cold medications may contain sugar and can cause your mouth to become dry, which increases the bacteria that causes tooth decay. On the days when you don’t feel like eating, avoid snacking and instead try to eat a bowl of vegetable soup, drink plenty of water and get your rest.
Whether you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or need an appointment with the kid’s dentist to have them fitted for a mouth guard, contact us, so we can help keep your smile safe and beautiful this winter.