The cold weather not also dries out your skin, but it can also increase your risk for dental problems. Many people tend to get worried about increased teeth’ sensitivity before winter sets in. Remember to take a few precautions and tips listed below to avoid tooth pain during winter and keep those pearly whites smiling through the chilly months.
Here are 7 ultimate tips for dental care and to avoid tooth pain:
1. Stay hydrated
During winter, there is a lack of moisture in the air. The indoor air is also dry, which can lead to dehydration. Though saliva helps to naturally cleanse the mouth and reduces the number of bacteria that can cause dental decay, it’s still important to drink at least 2 liters of water every day to avoid dehydration. Water also helps to cleanse your mouth!
2. Limit your sugar intake
Keeping a check on your sugar intake while drinking hot beverages such as tea or coffee during winter to stay warm is recommended. Sugar attracts the tiny bacteria that cause gingivitis and gum disease. So, avoid the excess consumption of sugar to maintain good oral health.
Teeth enamel can be affected by sugary drinks. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Check your brushing technique
If you are prone to sensitive teeth, especially during the winter season, consider using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth more gently around the gums. Use a desensitizing toothpaste containing potassium nitrate and strontium chloride. Such ingredients help to shield nerve endings from irritants which prevent tooth pain.
4. Go for regular dental check-ups
Visiting a dental clinic every six months is a must if you want to take care of your oral health. Many people are not aware of the fact that dental problems increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, especially gum disease. Therefore, it is important that you take care of your dental health as well.
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5. Take care of cold sores
Harsh winter winds can make you more susceptible to cold sores. An increase in cold sores is also possible because the winter season tends to reactive the HSV -1 (Herpes simplex). Avoid harsh winter weather by wrapping your face in a scarf and keeping your lips moisturized to reduce the risk of cold sores. Illnesses such as colds, flu, and bacterial infections also seem to pop up when the weather is cold and these problems are also responsible for cold sores. So, when you’re down with a cold or cough, visit your doctor and take proper treatment.
6. Avoid acidic foods and beverages
Acidic foods and beverages soften the outer layer of teeth (enamel) which makes them prone to decay and erosion. So watch your diet and try to rinse with water or mouthwash after eating acidic foods.
Avoid acidic foods! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
7. Use a mouthguard
Use a mouthguard, also known as a gumshield, to prevent the chances of dental injuries that might occur while participating in sports. It also helps to protect your teeth and gums during winter. Consult a dentist if you are confused about whether you need a mouthguard or not.
Keeping all these tips in mind will help you protect your oral health during winter. In case you see any symptoms of oral health issues, schedule an appointment at the nearby dental clinic at the earliest.