When you think about winter maintenance, what comes to mind? Most people likely think about winterizing their cars, salting the sidewalk, and turning off their irrigation. But winter care for your teeth is equally important and can reduce cold discomfort and set you up for a winter’s worth of pain-free smiles. What can you do to care for your teeth during the winter months?
- Schedule an Appointment to See Us
The cold weather has a physical impact on your teeth. As you inhale cold air, your teeth actually contract. As they warm back up, they then expand. This change can worsen cracks in your enamel and cause intense pain. You don’t have to live with this pain. Furthermore, repairing cracks before they get worse can save you pain and money in the long run.
- Winter Sports Can Cause Dental Damage
Whether you’re planning a ski trip or your kids have a penchant for hockey, you will want to invest in a mouthguard that will protect your teeth during these activities. A properly fitting mouthguard can prevent broken or other oral injuries. Don’t settle on an over the counter mouthguard. A customized mouthguard will protect your teeth and your kids’ no matter what winter has to throw at them.
- Water, Water Everywhere
Just as the freezing temperatures cause your teeth to contract, warm beverages like tea, coffee, and hot chocolate can cause additional sensitivity and increase the acid levels in your mouth. Opt for drinking more water, instead. Not only will water counteract dehydration which can proliferate bacteria reproduction and damage. So, sip away and remember that hydration leads to healthy teeth.
- Wrap Up, Stay Warm, and Don’t Skip Your Scarf
As you know, our winters are serious business. Before you go on a winter walk or run errands, always grab a scarf. Don’t be too shy to cover your jawline and your mouth. This can prevent exposing your teeth to the cold and keep your jaw warm. This can prevent cold-related damage and save you from cold sensitivity-related pain.
- Switch to a Cold Sensitive Dental Routine
If you suffer from cold sensitivity, there are things you can do to reduce pain and prevent chilling long-term effects. Use a softer bristled brush, use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, and avoid acidic foods. Additionally, we can partner with you to prevent dental pain and improve your dental health for less pain long-term. From gum recession to gingivitis, dental cleanings are vital for improving your dental disposition. We can also diagnose issues that can worsen dental pain like teeth grinding and clenching.
Don’t Let Winter Wreak Havoc on Your Teeth
Winter is here and so are we. Don’t second guess smiling this winter. If you’re tired of dealing with winter tooth sensitivity, schedule an appointment to find relief.
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