Winter Dental Tips
As enjoyable as this season is for some outdoor activities and specific foods, your dental well-being is something to keep in mind. For folks who have especially sensitive teeth, winter can be brutal to your mouth. Not only are we faced with foods and drinks that are extreme on the hot versus cold range, but just the blistering outdoor cold can be enough for your teeth to wish for a sunny summer day. Here are some tips to help you through.
Avoid drinks high in acids
The first thing to avoid is all those drinks that contain acidic elements. In extremely cold weather, beverages that are high in acidic content can cause harm to your tooth enamel and expose your tooth’s nerves to the bitter cold. This causes pain and a chilling sensation in your teeth.
HELP YOUR TEETH SURVIVE THE SEASON
Use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth
In cold weather, it’s a good idea to use a sensitivity toothpaste even if you don’t have any sensitivity issues. One good reason for this is that sensitivity toothpastes block any pores that are open in your teeth—these toothpastes may also help to avoid future sensitivity issues.
Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
To avoid the enamel of your teeth getting battered, use a soft-bristle toothbrush—and make sure to apply soft pressure when brushing. Brushing aggressively is one of the main causes for overly sensitive teeth. And as already mentioned, sensitive teeth are particularly sensitive in the winter.
Be careful of foods that are too hot or too cold
Try to be sure your foods and drinks are served at a moderate temperature—extreme changes in your tooth’s temperature, especially in cold weather, send a chill through your teeth.
Guard your teeth against grinding
Known as “Bruxism,” teeth grinding can be very harmful in many ways. Most people who grind their teeth do so during sleep or at times of anger or aggression. First off, grinding can damage tooth enamel and cause sensitivity—secondly, grinding teeth will eventually cause damage and weakness to individual teeth. If you are a tooth grinder, ask your dentist for a mouth guard, which can be custom fitted to your teeth. Regular use of such a guard will help you sleep in peace and save your teeth from any dangers.