Tips for Healthy Teeth this Winter
Here we are in the middle of winter, and if last month was any indication–it can only get colder from here. As the temperature drops and the wintry storms pick up, it’s important to remember that exposed skin isn’t the only health risk associated with the cold weather–your mouth could also be in danger! Be sure to enjoy all of your favorite winter activities while keeping in mind these possible conditions, so you can keep your mouth clean until the spring:
- Sensitivity: If you’ve ever felt that tingle of pain shoot through your mouth when biting into a cold food, you’ve probably felt it double in cold weather. Wind and cold temperatures can make your teeth more sensitive to these types of food, even when they’re not particularly icy. If you’re experiencing sensitivity this winter, ask your dentist about a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.
- Chapped lips: Whether you’re out on the slopes or surviving the daily commute, anyone who’s been exposed to cold weather can tell you about chapped lips. The combination of cold, sun, and wind exacerbates dry lips. Try a lip balm with at least SPF 15 to protect yourself daily. Petroleum jelly is a great hydrator, too!
- Cold sores: Winter weather can also cause cold sore breakouts at the most inconvenient times. As with chapped lips, an SPF 15 lip balm helps with the treatment of cold sores, as well as specialized over-the-counter ointments. Avoid touching your hands to your mouth to limit the spread of bacterial viruses to your lips, and make sure you’re getting sufficient sleep at night to help reduce cold sores.
- Canker sores: One of the best parts of winter is the tasty treats that come along with it. Unfortunately, many of these seasonal indulgences are high in acid and irritate sensitive mouths. If you’ve already come down with a canker sore, try a specially formulated rinse from your local drugstore, or a homemade mixture of salt and water to clean the spots and speed up the healing.
While winter can certainly look like a wonderland, don’t forget to keep up your oral hygiene to prevent painful pitfalls of the season. Feel free to give us a call at 508.872.4897 if you have any other questions or concerns about your oral health.