Winters are here. And, all you can think about is your skin. Sure enough, the biting cold can wreak havoc on your skin. But did you know that exposure to cold weather can put you at an increased risk of developing common dental problems, too? Cold weather can be harsh not just on your skin, but on your teeth, gums and mouth also.
Winters and Dental Problems
Chapped lips, dry mouth, heightened tooth sensitivity, cold sores are some of the commonly experienced dental issues during this time of the year. ‘Winters’ are special, keenly awaited by everyone but they do bring their share of problems. The water intake gets reduced which causes salivary flow reduction, thereby not only creating dryness of skin but also dryness of mouth. Saliva becomes thicker and soapy, reducing the flushing action of saliva which causes food debris to cling to teeth and gums infection become very high. There is a constant requirement for the increased intake of water. Dryness of mouth leads to increased chances of mucosal abrasion & thus the development of ulcers and loosening of dentures with increased problems. Falling temperature makes water icy-cold and thus brushing becomes a half-hearted attempt. Flossing and Inter Dental brushing becomes very important without which the chances of developing a disease increase.
Good oral hygiene is the key. Maintaining the health of your teeth and mouth is your responsibility, however, an appointment with your dentist is not a bad idea if you notice something different or experience any discomfort in your oral cavity. As the adage goes, prevention is better than cure.
Best Ways to Avoid Dental Problems
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing are your best bet. In addition, you could also follow these tips to keep your teeth and mouth safe and healthy during this season. For instance, if you tend to experience heightened sensitivity during winter, the easiest way to control this painful sensation is to reduce your intake of spicy and acidic foods immediately. The most significant effect of diet is in the mouth, particularly in the development of dental caries and enamel erosion. Perhaps, you already know that acids chip away at your tooth enamel, which in turn increases sensitivity. To start with, you could take it easy on the citrus-based foods. To help relieve discomfort, try brushing your teeth with a toothpaste especially for sensitive teeth.
It is a fact that water is often ignored by most people. Hydration solves many a problem, but busy as we are, we forget to drink our daily glassful. The incidences of dry mouth rise in winter. It is a condition that occurs in winter due to lowered production of saliva from glands. While drinking water may help, it is always better to consult a professional prevent any further complications.
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Things to Keep in Mind
Keep in mind that your face is the most exposed part of your body, which is why there are higher chances of developing chapped lips and canker sores during winter. Cooler weather can dry the thin skin of lips quickly. While most sores heal on their own, a persistent sore could be symptomatic of a more serious condition. Therefore, it is important to visit a dental expert as regularly as possible.
Last but not least, winter also influences the immune system and weakens it considerably, making your gums vulnerable to inflammation and infection. This is why it is even more important to adhere to the strictest standards of oral hygiene and keep the germs at bay. Insider tip: avoid touching your mouth with unclean hands.
So, keep your mouth healthy and give yourself a reason to smile all winter.
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