With the cold weather around the corner, hygiene becomes a really important factor of oral care. It’s windy outside, the air is drier and infections are easily spread. This is the time to be very careful with your hygiene and to consider preparing for the upcoming season. Keep your mouth free from irritation by practicing common winter oral hygiene tips!

Tooth sensitivity

If you experience tooth sensitivity, especially to cold, winter is likely not too kind to you. The surges of pain and discomfort are not fun to deal with and can make winter activities quite uncomfortable. The truth is, as much as you’d like to hide away from the abrasive winter air, don’t let your tooth sensitivity run your life.

Here are some ways to help tooth sensitivity:

  • Brush your teeth with specially formulated toothpastes for sensitive teeth. Your dentist can recommend effective brands to protect your enamel or can take other measures depending on the severity of your case
  • Avoid sugary, acidic and extremely crunchy foods as much as possible that can damage your enamel further
  • Floss your teeth every day and avoid over-brushing your teeth
  • Ensure you aren’t grinding your teeth at night by seeing a dental professional
  • See your dental professional to seal receding gums to cover exposed tooth roots that can be causing you pain

Canker sores

These pesky sores tend to show up when the acidity levels in our body are high. Eating spicy or acidic foods is often the culprit for this – so if you’re that person that dumps hot sauce on everything, just know that it can contribute to canker sores. By limiting your intake of spicy and acidic foods, you can actively play a role in reducing canker sores this upcoming winter.

When we are stressed or are experiencing anxiety, canker sores are more likely to develop because our levels of acidity can also rise in this situation. If you experience canker sores regularly, you may want to consider that as a factor along with your diet and the type of dental products you are using.

Mouthwashes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate for instance could possibly trigger canker sores. It’s best to you natural dental products and alcohol-free mouthwashes to reduce your chances of developing them. Mouth washes like hydrogen peroxide, a mild anti-septic can help to relieve pain and reduce irritation to prevent and reduce canker sores.

Cold sores

Brush regularly to keep infections at bay and apply sunscreen to your lips before leaving the home. Sun exposure and cold conditions are the perfect breeding ground for cold sore infections. The best way to reduce cold sores and blistering is to keep your mouth clean and moisturize the lips.

Keeping lip balm, sunblock, mouthwash and some sensitive-teeth toothpaste at home, will prepare you to combat oral hygiene problems presented by winter. If you’re feeling any other symptoms, contact us to book an appointment!