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Prevent Winter Dental Issues

Prevent Winter Dental Issues

Many people know that winter is a high-risk season for colds, flu, and dry skin, but did you also know that cold weather can also affect your oral health? Here are a few common winter dental issues, along with tips to avoid them.

1. Cold Sores

Cold sore sufferers often experience breakouts in winter. Cold sores are caused by a virus, which means you can infect your lips or spread the sores by touching your face, kissing, or using someone else’s cosmetics. Keep your hands away from your face and use your own lip balm to keep your lips soft and moist.

2. Dry Mouth

In many parts of the world, winter brings drier air, which can leave your mouth feeling dry. Sip water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist. If you’re still struggling with dry mouth, use a humidifier in your home.

3. Canker Sores

Dry mouth increases your risk of canker sores. Spicy and acidic foods are also triggers for these irritating sores, so take a look at your diet if you frequently suffer from them. Rinsing your mouth with warm water and salt may bring relief.

4. Chapped Lips

Dry air and freezing winds can lead to chapped lips. Use lip balm or petroleum jelly to moisturize your lips. If you plan to spend time enjoying the cool winter sun, perhaps on a skiing trip, then remember to use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from the sun.

5. Sensitive Teeth

Many people experience sensitive teeth when enjoying a hot or cold drink, and some are so sensitive that even breathing in cold winter air can be painful. Thankfully, toothpastes for sensitive teeth can bring relief.

6. Infected Gums

While your immune system is battling cold and flu viruses, your gums are vulnerable to infection. You may notice your gums becoming swollen or sore as bacteria move in. Keep the germs at bay by brushing your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes, replacing your toothbrush every three months, and flossing your teeth daily. If you notice your gums hurting or bleeding in spite of your oral hygiene routine, visit your dentist for a checkup and clean.

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