As we enter autumn, the temperatures are once again slowly dropping. Did you know that colder weather can leave you prone to some dental problems? And for those people who have sensitive teeth, the change in weather can cause either sharp, unsettling pain or mild discomfort.
Here are some dental health tips that could help you protect your teeth from the colder weather.
Visit the expert. If you haven’t had your teeth examined recently, you might want to consider a visit to the dentist. Your teeth may be sensitive to cold weather because they are cracked or have enamel that is weakened or thin. Other reasons for cold weather sensitivity may be gum recession, brushing too hard, infection, gingivitis, and clenching or grinding teeth.
Practice proper oral hygiene. Cold tooth sensitivity can be fixed at home fairly easily by stepping up your oral hygiene game. Be sure to brush your teeth after meals and don’t forget to floss. If you are still experiencing pain after rapid temperature changes, you might want to try desensitizing toothpaste.
Maintain your water intake. Staying hydrated during winter is as important as it is during the hot summer months. The experts recommend at least 2 liters of water per day to keep your brain, body and teeth healthy. Proper water intake will ensure that your gums and teeth are moist.
Limit time spent outdoors. When it’s particularly cold and you know that your teeth are sensitive to cold, you should try to limit your time spent outdoors. The ability to see your own breath is a sign that you should be heading to a cozy warm room as soon as you can.
Adjust your diet. Your diet has as much to do with your dental health as it does with your overall health. Maintaining a healthy diet will help you strengthen your defenses against cold weather. In general, you can pick meals and snacks from the following food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean beef, skinless poultry and fish, dry beans and peas, fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Try to limit the number of snacks, as they can be more dangerous for your teeth than regular meals.
Hopefully these tips will help you protect your teeth from the cold. If you’ve been neglecting your teeth – or are experiencing sensitivity – call our office today to schedule a consultation. Remember: Dentistry is not expensive, neglect is.