Winter is in full swing, and for many of us, it brings some challenges for our oral health. Cold weather, dry air, and leftover holiday treats can all make it more difficult to keep our teeth healthy and clean. But with a little extra care and attention, we can ensure that our smiles stay healthy during the winter season.
Dry air is an adjustment during the winter. Heating systems can dry out the inside of our homes, which can lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth can make it more difficult for us to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acids in our mouths that cause tooth decay. To avoid dry mouth, try using a humidifier to add moisture back into the air in your home. Be sure to also drink plenty of water throughout the day. We recommend keeping a large reusable water bottle with you wherever you go!
During the winter months, there is the extra temptation to indulge in sugary treats and comfort foods. After all the holiday parties and gatherings, it can be hard to resist the leftover cookies and chocolates. But it’s important to remember that sugar can be detrimental to oral health. Try to limit how many treats you indulge in and be sure to brush and floss thoroughly afterwards.
When it comes to your oral care during the winter months, be extra diligent! Cold weather can make us all less motivated. It is essential to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine with brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay and maintain good oral health. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush for at least two minutes, twice daily. You should also floss every day, especially if you have braces or any other dental appliances that can easily trap food particles.
In addition, it’s a good idea to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings throughout the winter months. Dr. Sharma, Dr. Zadeh and our team at Simply Wellness Dental can check for any potential issues and address them early on. These regular checkups can help to prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems down the line.
While winter can bring some challenges to our oral health, our team at Simply Wellness Dental is here to help our Burnaby community! Follow our recommendations to drink plenty of water, reduce consuming sugary foods, and be extra diligent about oral hygiene. Schedule your regular dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure that your teeth stay in top condition throughout the winter season and beyond!