Protecting Your Teeth in the Winter – Tips from Your Trusted Orthodontist Serving Surrey, Langley, and Surrounding Cities
Winter can be an exciting time for people of all ages. Participating in wintertime sports, attending holiday parties, and spending time with the family are activities that many Canadians look forward to all year.
Unfortunately, some of the very activities that you enjoy in the winter may also lead to oral health issues. If you experience an urgent problem with your teeth, be sure to consult Amazing Smile Dental as soon as
possible. If you wear braces, your Langley orthodontist can offer solutions for protecting your teeth.
Top 5 Dental Health Tips in the Wintertime
You cannot always prevent dental issues from arising, but you can take some preventative steps. A little strategizing now could keep your mouth in good shape all winter long.
These are the top 5 ways to preserve your teeth in the winter:
· Being Outdoors: Exposure to cold temperatures can leave your teeth feeling sensitive. If your teeth and gums tend to be sensitive anyway, try to breathe through your nose as much as possible when you are outdoors. If the weather is particularly cold and harsh, wrap a scarf around your neck and the bottom part of your face. This will help to keep cold air from making its way inside your mouth.
· Winter Sports: Winter sports may be much fun, but they may also lead to injury. If you participate in an aggressive sport such as hockey, be sure to wear protective equipment. If you wear braces, you should always protect your mouth while playing sports. Talk to your Surrey orthodontist about being fitted for a mouth guard.
· Hot Beverages: Consuming a hot drink in cold weather is generally quite comforting. However, certain beverages may have a negative effect on your teeth. If you drink something hot immediately after being out in the cold, your teeth could actually form tiny cracks. Instead of imbibing a hot drink the moment you walk through the door, try waiting until you have warmed up first.
· Brush Gently: Brushing too vigorously can damage your tooth enamel, making your teeth particularly sensitive to the cold. You do not need to brush your teeth hard to get them clean. Just be very thorough and brush gently instead. If you want to ensure that your teeth are getting as clean as possible, use an electric toothbrush (and brush gently with that, as well).
· Brush and Floss Regularly: To protect your teeth from decay and your gums from infection, floss your teeth on a daily basis. You should brush your teeth at least twice every day. Avoiding tooth decay and gum disease will help to prevent pain that would be exacerbated by the cold.
· Dental Products: If your teeth are generally sensitive, switch to sensitivity toothpaste designed to combat this issue. Be careful if you use tooth whitening products at home. Such products may cause your gums to feel sore and your teeth to feel sensitive. If stained or yellow teeth are an issue, talk your dentist about professional teeth whitening. This kind of treatment is typically more effective and lasts longer than over-the-counter products, so you will not need to have it done as often.
Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter!
We hope that all our patients will enjoy the winter season this year. By taking a few precautions, you can keep your teeth and gums in good shape during the winter months. If you want more tips on how to take care of your teeth, talk to your dentist at Amazing Smile Dental.
Call us today at 604-514-7588 to book an appointment with our Langley orthodontist or dentist. You can also contact us online for more information.