How to Keep Your Teeth Safe During the Wintertime

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While we take great care to protect our bodies from the chilly winter temperatures, we might not give much thought to how winter can affect our oral health. Cold weather can pose unique challenges to our teeth and gums, requiring a bit of extra attention to keep our pearly whites in tip-top shape. Costa Dentistry has a few reminders for the winter season. 

Tooth Sensitivity

The combination of cold air and hot drinks can be a recipe for discomfort, especially if you already struggle with sensitive teeth. Using a sensitive toothpaste, whose formulas often contain ingredients that help desensitize the nerves in your teeth, will provide relief from the sharp pain that cold air or hot beverages can trigger.

Holiday Habits

Frosted cookies, holiday pies, wassail, hot chocolate and other hot drinks contribute to tooth decay and cavities, so be sure to brush your teeth after indulging and floss regularly to remove any lingering food particles. Don’t forget to schedule and keep your Costa Dentistry appointments during the holidays!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Cold weather is dehydrating, and a dry mouth can contribute to various oral health issues, including bad breath and cavity risk. If you find it challenging to consume cold water during winter, try sipping on warm water, herbal teas or infusing your water with a splash of natural flavors, like a slice of lemon or cucumber.

Winter Sports Protection

Wearing a protective mouth guard acts as a shield against the elements and minimizes potential injuries to your teeth and gums. Whether skiing down snow-covered slopes or gliding across icy rinks, this simple precaution ensures a safe and enjoyable winter sports experience.

Maintaining your oral health during the wintertime is worth the effort! Reach out to our dedicated dental team if you have any concerns or issues with your smile!