The dead of winter can be tough on cheeks, noses, ears and – of course – your mouth. The dry, cold air can take a toll – so we’ve put together a couple quick tips to keep your mouth comfortable in these last months of winter.
Issue: Teeth Sensitivity
Your mouth – and your teeth and gums inside of it – are used to being at your body temperature. When you open your mouth and breathe in that frigid air, it can cause painful “zingers” across your teeth. If you do it often, it can even cause your teeth to expand and contract, damaging them.
- Breathe through your nose. Filtering the cold air through your nose, directly through to the lungs, helps to mostly bypass the teeth.
- Be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste and drink fluoridated water. The more fluoride protection you can give your teeth, the better shielded they will be.
- Drink hot or cold beverages through a straw, minimizing their contact with your teeth.
Issue: Dry Mouth
‘Tis the season of stuffed noses and coughs – and lots of breathing through our mouths. This can cause dry mouth, which increases your chance for dental decay and infection.
- Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Limit your caffeine, which can cause dehydration.
- Chew (sugarless) gum to help keep your mouth moist.