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Oral Health Tips for Winter Season

Oral Health Tips for Winter Season

The temperature is dropping slowly and in couple of months it is going to be fairly cold outside. This winter season can be annoying for those who have sensitive teeth, and it certainly affects oral health in more than one way.

 

Wet weather causes dry mouth, bad breath

As the warm, dry months of summer are behind us, we are bracing for wetter weather. While this may mean good things for the lawns and gardens, it may harm oral health and contribute to bad breath. Health experts warn that mold and allergen levels increase during times of wet weather, which can cause increased sinus congestion in many people. This increases mouth breathing, causing dry mouth.

The obstruction of nasal passages naturally increases mouth breathing, which reduces the amount of saliva we produce and results in dry mouth,” she told the news source. Dry mouth is an oral health issue, because it increases a person’s risk of gum disease, tooth decay and mouth infections. People who experience this problem should begin drinking more water throughout the day to moisten their mouth.

 

Limit time spent outdoors

If it is freezing outside and you know that your teeth are sensitive to cold, you have to limit your time spent outdoors. The ability to see your own breath is a sign that you should be heading to a cozy warm room as soon as you can.

Like any other material, the material our teeth are made of expands and contracts when temperature rises or drops. This is why sudden changes of temperature can cause small surface hairline fractures on our teeth. These lead to teeth that are hyper sensitive to temperature change.

In case you have to go outside to do your errand make sure to wear some sort of scarf, so that it can trap warmth around your mouth.

 

When camping, be prepared

Your toothbrush – don’t leave home without it! : It is important to stick to your routine – continue to brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss daily. Carry travel-size packets of floss or dental picks in your purse or pocket that you can use if you’ll be out for most of the day. If you’re travelling, a collapsible toothbrush and a roll of floss fit nicely into your purse or carry-on luggage. If you will be away from home for more than one day, pack a toothbrush, floss and toothpaste. If you have a cottage, stock up on toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste for the season.

Eat healthy : Indulging in sweet and sticky foods while on camping or vacation can be fun, but try to minimize the amount you consume. Stick to fruits and vegetables as they contain the essential vitamins and minerals our teeth and gums need to stay strong and healthy.

 

Maintain your water intakes

Staying hydrated during winter is as important as it is during the hot summer months. We recommend at least 2 liters of water per day. This will not only keep your brain and body healthy but also your teeth. Proper water intake will ensure that your gums and teeth are moist. Also, by drinking enough water, you will produce more saliva. This is important, especially during cold months since it is known that saliva is more prone to drying up in cold weather. Without enough saliva, bacteria build up exponentially in our mouth.

Furthermore, if your teeth are sensitive to cold you should avoid consuming acidic foods as this can also contribute to or aggravate their sensitivity.

 

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 info@familycaredentalclinic.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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