Winter activities bring so much fun — take your pick, as it boasts hockey, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. The winter season is here, so it’s time to get outside and enjoy everything the cold season has to offer. Get ready for fun, but take caution to protect your pearly whites and consider wearing a mouth guard so you don’t end up with emergency dental care!
Protecting your teeth in the winter
In the sweltering summer heat, it’s easy to drink plenty of water to quench your thirst, but your body doesn’t have that same physiological response in the winter months. In the winter, your need for proper hydration doesn’t go away, and not drinking enough water can affect your dental health. Dehydration can increase dry mouth in the winter, and increases the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria is mostly helpful, but when there is an overgrowth, it becomes harmful; causing tooth decay and gum disease. Because your mouth is and dry and there is a lack of saliva to wash the bacteria away, the dehydration can cause a myriad of oral health issues. So, always remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids in the cold, blistery months. Tea and bone broth are cozy, warm beverages if drinking cold water isn’t appealing. If you do decided on tea, avoid adding sugar to it. Bacteria feeds on the sugar and produces acid which eats at the enamel. Tea also contains compounds called catechins that kills and repels bad bacteria, so it’s like getting your teeth cleaned while you sip!
Your teeth, as you’ve likely noticed, don’t like the cold air. They’re particularly sensitive to the temperature changes, and expand when warm and contract when cold. When you open your mouth and let in cold, winter air, and return into the warm, you’re actually putting your teeth at risk. Small microfractures can occur in abrupt temperature changes. If this happens, your teeth may feel sensitive and a toothache may follow, and it can increase your cavity risk. So, do yourself a favor this winter and rely on breathing through your nose!
When you’re out engaging in all the wonderful sports and activities winter has to offer, be sure to gear up. Any impact sport will require protection, but especially in the winter because everything is frozen solid. If you’re hitting the slopes or headed to the ice rink, make sure you’re protecting your teeth with a custom mouthguard. Always choose a custom fit mouthguard from us, because the less room your teeth have to move around, the less likely they’ll slam into each other.
Have fun this season
No matter what your plans are for the winter season, be aware of the increased oral health risks follow the cold weather. We’re happy to see you for your routine dental cleaning or a mouth guard fitting, the one thing we don’t want to see you in for is a dental emergency! The best oral care is preventative, and we offer it at Burley Cosmetic Dentistry!
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