The weather outside isn’t frightful just yet, but it’s getting there. Temperatures have been decreasing in recent weeks, and winds are picking up here and there. Given these facts, people across the country are starting to develop winter mouth issues. Thankfully, however, there are ways to manage these cold-oriented oral problems. To prove it, your Naples dentist is here with some suggestions. Read on to learn four tips for handling winter mouth issues over the next few months.
Moisturize Your Lips
You might not know it, but your lips are a delicate part of your body. Cold winter air can easily dry them out and cause them to get chapped. For that reason, it’s a good idea to use a daily lip balm that contains SPF. You could also try petroleum jelly as a substitute. In any event, either option would prevent cracked or bloody lips as you face this season’s chilly atmosphere.
Perhaps surprisingly, cool air can make jaw joints and muscles tense up. Those with TMJ disorders, especially, may find winter a painful time of year. To counteract such jaw aches, try staying warm with a toasty scarf or sweater. Among other things, these items will heat your face so your jaw clenches and tightens less.
Drink Plenty of Water
People often develop dry mouths during the winter months. Due to cold or flu bugs, many start breathing through their mouths and thus lower their saliva production. From there, they might develop dental issues like tooth decay.
To stay safe, then, drink plenty of water to counteract the winter air. It’ll hydrate your mouth such that your teeth and gums stay healthy!
Treat Sensitive Teeth with Fluoride Toothpaste
Cold winter temperatures can sometimes make teeth more sensitive. In particular, it might make your teeth expand and contract, thus causing enamel damage. Consequently, your teeth’s underlying dentin could get exposed and cause pain.
Thankfully, you can counteract this problem with toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Most brands contain fluoride that protects your exposed dentinal tubules.
As you can see, winter mouth issues can be a real annoyance. Therefore, practice the tips above to have a more enjoyable time during the holiday season.
About the Practice
Galleria Dentistry is based in Naples, FL. As led by Drs. Gary, Chelsea, and Anthony Benza, our practice works to make dental care effective and comfortable. To that end, we perform high-quality preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, not to mention emergency procedures. Our office is also a certified provider of SureSmile clear aligners and periodontal therapies. For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (239)-592-5112.