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Another 5 Expert Tips for Winter Oral Health

Another 5 Expert Tips for Winter Oral Health

As winter sets in, you may notice its impact on your oral health. Follow these 5 expert tips to deal with common winter problems!

1. Disinfect Your Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are a fertile breeding ground for a number of strains of viruses and bacteria including the ones that cause the common cold and influenza. For this reason, the National Dental Association suggests that you replace your toothbrush every three months and clean it thoroughly at least once a week. Here are a few ways to do that:

  • Boil your toothbrush for about 3 minutes. Although it is hard on your toothbrush, boiling water will kill most germs.
  • Get a UV toothbrush sanitizer. These nifty gadgets work by combining steam with dry heat to sanitize your toothbrush. However if you don’t want to shell out the money, studies show that soaking your toothbrush in Listerine works almost just as well.

2. Chapped lips

Avoid chapped lips by keeping hydrated and wearing lip balm with an SPF of at least 15.

3. Hairline fractures

Fluctuating temperatures, chattering teeth and tight jaws can all cause tiny, hairline fractures on your teeth. If your teeth feel tender when you bite down, contact us before it gets any worse and we’ll be able to help!

4. Cold sores

Exposure to the winter sun can also cause cold sore breakouts. Make sure you protect the skin around your mouth by using products with an SPF 15 or higher, keep your hands clean to avoid the spread of the cold sore virus and try to keep stress levels down to reduce cold sores over time.

5. Sensitive teeth

Cold winter air can exacerbate tooth sensitivity. If you experience short, sharp jolts while breathing in the cold air, try a desensitising toothpaste. If your teeth seem even more sensitive than usual, it may be time to visit us – tooth sensitivity can be caused by many things, from a cracked or fractured tooth, to enamel erosion. We’ll be able to tell why your teeth are sensitive and offer you the best treatment.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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