November is finally here and with it comes the cold weather we’ve all been dreading. While you already know that extreme wind and a drier climate can damage your skin, did you also know that colder weather puts you at an increased risk for common dental problems as well? Below we’ve rounded up some winter woes you should be aware of to protect your overall oral health.
Bitter winds, breathing in cold air, and drinking hot beverages can all lead to tooth pain. If you’re noticing your teeth are more sensitive than usual, try brushing your teeth with a toothpaste made especially for those with sensitive teeth. And don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist to ensure there’s no other, underlying cause of the pain!
Just as you are more susceptible to a cold in the winter months, your gums are more likely to become infected then as well! Winter weather wreaks havoc on your immune system and can leave your gums more vulnerable to inflammation and infection. To keep infection away, make sure you are following proper oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice daily and flossing.
Lots of sugary treats happen during the winter months, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Be sure to be extra mindful of how often you are brushing your teeth during this time of year. While brushing your teeth twice a day is a great start, don’t be afraid to brush more often, especially right after a sugar-filled treat.
When breathing in and out of your mouth in dry, cold weather, the process of dehydration speeds up, resulting in what dentists refer to as, “dry mouth.” While dry mouth is a seemingly innocent winter affliction, it can reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection. Be sure to keep your mouth moist by chewing on sugar-free gum or sipping water throughout the day.