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Winter Dental Health

Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Oral Health This Winter

Your oral health is an essential component of your overall well-being. As we enter the winter season, it's not uncommon to experience oral health issues. Knowing how to address these issues can make all the difference in how they affect your oral well-being.

Chapped Lips

When the cold wind blows, it's hard to avoid exposing your lips to it. Unfortunately, that cold wind can quickly dry up the thin layer of skin on your lips. When your lips start to crack, try applying a light coat of petroleum jelly. When you know you'll be going outside, opt for putting on lip balm to keep your lips moisturized.

Canker Sores

Also known as mouth ulcers, these sore spots are more prevalent during the winter months. This is due to the harsh dry air that can injure your sensitive mouth tissue. Usually, salvia will remove harsh bacteria left over from food particles. However, the dry air can decrease the amount of saliva your mouth produces. This can leave more harmful bacteria in your mouth, leading to an infection. Treating these canker sores involves rinsing your mouth with salt and warm water often and using a very soft-bristled toothbrush.

Cold Sores

When small blisters form around your lips and mouth, they're known as cold sores. These result from a virus that winter colds, fevers, and other seasonal ailments can trigger. Whenever you feel a cold sore developing, it's best to treat it sooner rather than later. Do your best to wash your hands, and don't share everyday items that touch your mouth, like towels and utensils.

Dry Mouth

The dry air can wreak havoc on your mouth as it reduces the amount of saliva you naturally produce. Those who regularly are prone to dry mouth will notice symptoms worsening in the winter season. Try your best to avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks and opt for drinking plenty of water. Using a humidifier in your home will help to increase the amount of moisture in the air, which can alleviate dry mouth symptoms. Sucking on sugar-free candies is a great way to enhance saliva production.

Tooth Sensitivity

You may have tooth sensitivity if you feel a toothache when your mouth comes into contact with cold air. Unfortunately, the chilly weather can cause your gums to recede, exposing your sensitive teeth roots. Do your best to use enamel-strengthening toothpaste and avoid consuming acidic beverages. Switching out a hard-bristled toothbrush for a soft-bristled one can go a long way in alleviating symptoms as well.

Call Us Today

If you're struggling with oral health, contact us at Smiles By Hay today. Let our dental experts assess your teeth and recommend the best treatments.