How To Take Care Of Your Mouth This Winter

healthy smileWinter is well underway, and as temperatures drop, we all have to make adjustments. From bundling up to making sure tires are ready for the snow to bracing for higher bills from cranking the heater, our lives are changing. During this season, it is also especially important to take care of your health — oral and otherwise. As we approach the new year, it is essential to make sure that you are maintaining your smile as temperatures drop and that you end 2021 with renewed dedication to keeping your teeth healthy. In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about the best ways to take care of your mouth this winter.

Do Not Ignore Sensitive Teeth

Whether you are feeling increased sensitivity from the cold air or from your warm wintertime beverages, it is important to take note. If you are sipping a mug of hot cocoa — or a toddy — and notice that your teeth are hurting, it could be a sign of worn-down enamel. Your first step should be purchasing a toothpaste made for those with sensitive teeth. Similarly, it should have fluoride to help strengthen your enamel back to where it should be. If your continue to feel pain, it could be worth it to schedule a checkup, so your dentist can see if there is anything amiss. If your enamel does, in fact, keep wearing down, you may need restorative procedures down the road. As always, it is better to catch these issues before they worsen.

Stay Warm

While many enjoy the cold, it is important to stay warm enough to prevent teeth chattering. This happens naturally as a part of overall shivering, and it is your body’s reaction to very cold temperatures. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are connected symptoms, and they can damage your mouth. When it gets severe enough, the condition can evolve into either bruxism or TMJ Disorder. With this in mind, you should monitor your clenching and make sure to stay warm enough to prevent it.

Drink Plenty Of Water

When it is colder outside, you may deal with a dry mouth. It is always important to stay hydrated, but this is especially true in the winter. Try to drink between 2.5 and 4  liters a day, depending on your size. Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, can be caused by certain medications and medical treatments, and it is caused by a lack of saliva. The cold air can also add to it because it is typically quite dry. Overall, make sure you are staying hydrated and healthy during the next few months. 

Contact Us To Learn More About Staying Healthy This Winter

Make sure you enjoy these colder months, and that you do so in the healthiest way possible. We are here for all of your dental needs, and we hope you can start the new year with a happy, bright smile. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact your Richfield, MN, dentist, Dr. Keller, by calling (612) 861-7188.