Winter is almost upon us and while we feverishly dig out the cardigans, jackets, beanies, and the boots, it is important to winter-proof your dental care as well. The cold temperature can bring out the nasties such as the common cold, running nose and flu, not to mention taking every precaution possible for COVID-19, read a few tips to present your best smile this winter season.
Cold Sores are small blisters around your lips that can be triggered by cold weather as well as stress and fatigue. To prevent a cold sore, the most important step is to stop touching your mouth which is extremely critical under the current circumstances including washing your hands as often as you can. If you sense a cold sore coming on, immediately apply a topical treatment to the area to stop the infection in its tracks.
Chapped Lips is one of the most common problems during the winter season. While it is hard to prevent your face and mouth from getting exposed to the cold and dry wind, keep your lips moisturised with a lip balm containing SPF several times a day.
In winter, due to less mess moisture in the air, dry mouth is quite common which is due to decreased saliva production. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids as well as having a humidifier in your bedroom to increase moisture in the air while you sleep.
In winter, due to a weaker immune system, your gums become vulnerable to inflammation and infection. To prevent infection, change your toothbrush, brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Drinking plenty of water will help rinse away food particles and bacteria from your mouth.
Breathing in cold winter air through the mouth and consuming hot or cold drinks can lead to tooth pain. Change your toothpaste to one that is specially formulated for sensitive teeth. You can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water as a mouthwash to soothe the sensitivity.
Boost Your Immune System
With COVID-19 still going around the world, winter is also the time for cold and flu. Getting a cold in winter is quite common and we neglect our teeth with cough syrups, warm lemon drinks, orange juice, sugary soothers, and lozenges. Also, with reflux, stomach acids can damage the enamel of your teeth, making them weak and brittle. Hence it is particularly important to boost your immune system in winter to avoid getting sick.
During winter, our intake of Vitamin C increases through citrus fruits which have a high acidic volume. Hence it is important to practice oral care to prevent acid damage to your teeth and enamel.
Follow these tips for a healthy mouth in winter:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss your teeth daily
- Change your toothbrush at the beginning of winter and every three months thereafter
- Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet
- Schedule a check-up with your dentist before the winter season starts
This winter, practice good oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums healthy – and drive the winter blues away with a dazzling smile.