Dental care tips for winters -to avoid toothache
Dental care tips for winters -to avoid toothache’
Winter season brings delight and christmas… but sadly, dental problems increases rapidly as well. Dental problems and toothache usually becomes unbearable during winters.
At AK Dentals, we want you to keep your teeth healthy and painfree and knowing what to do in the cold is an important part. So, we are explaining some simple steps to follow to avoid dental pain and have a big smile with yummy icecreams and cakes to enjoy the weather….
Cold air can cause trouble:
Your teeth are tough but they aren’t indestructible. Did you know that cold air can actually cause them a lot of stress? The quick temperature changes that come with breathing through your mouth in the winter can cause your teeth to contract and when you close your mouth the warmth causes them to quickly expand. Not a good combination if it’s happening repeatedly!
Exposure to the cold winter air can actually weaken your teeth and cause microfractures: damage so small you can’t see it but you’ll definitely feel it! Microfractures can lead to pain, sensitivity, and even tooth decay. If you’re noticing a lot of temperature sensitivity or soreness in your teeth it’s time to give our Shorewood dentist office a call!
Winter also brings the holidays with it and that’s a time of year where rich, sugary food is everywhere. Enjoying the holidays safely doesn’t mean completely eliminating sugar from your diet but it definitely means keeping your eating habits in check!
Plaque bacteria metabolizes sugar into acid that causes tooth decay so don’t put yourself at unnecessary risk!
A dry mouth means sugar hangs around, so if you’re eating cookies and drinking sugary drinks like hot cocoa you’re really putting your teeth in danger!
Rinsing your mouth thoroughly after sweets is important.
Don’t Over Brush
If you’re not using a soft toothbrush, if you’re scrubbing your teeth vigorously, or if you’re not brushing for a full two minutes, then you’re not doing any favours for your sensitive teeth. Hard brushing can actually wear away enamel, increasing the sensitivity in your teeth.
Also, American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
When it’s hot out you probably don’t have a problem staying hydrated. Nothing cools you off like a glass of ice cold water but during the winter time it’s a bit harder to keep up! Lots of people – children especially – tend to get a bit dehydrated during the winter.
Dehydration is actually a great way to speed up the development of cavities so make sure you’re drinking water! Hydration keeps your mouth moist and the bacteria in check but dry mouth can’t do that!
Try Different Toothpaste
Use the toothpaste that contains fluoride or try one that is specifically formulated for sensitive teeth.Several brands of toothpaste on the market are designed to help people with sensitive teeth. Some pastes contain an active ingredient called potassium nitrate, which helps to block the tiny tubules in the dentin. They don’t work for everybody, but experts agree it’s usually the best place to start.
Breathe in Through Your Nose
Breathing through your nose prevents the cold air from hitting your teeth while exhaling through your mouth allows the air from the lungs to keep them warm.
Protect Teeth with mouthguard:
Wearing a mouth guard when you are going to be outside for long periods of time will prevent you from forcing your teeth together while you work and keep them from clicking together if your teeth begin to chatter from the cold.
We can craft custom fit mouthguards that provide a level of protection you can’t get from store bought boil-and-bite kits. Our mouthguards are comfortable, easy to wear, and incredibly protective!
Regular dental checkup
Regular visits to your dentist for check-ups and routine fluoride treatments will also help to protect your teeth throughout the winter.
Follow these tips to prevent dental problems during the winters. If you have any dental problem, schedule an appointment today with AK Dentals or call at +91 858 686 0199. . To learn more oral health tips and updates, LIKE us on Facebook.