Did you realise that the winter months can increase your risk of developing common dental problems? Being aware of these changes and keeping your mouth clean and healthy will help tremendously. Be sure to keep up with your regular checkups and cleanings.
Canker sores tend to develop more frequently during the drier winter months and can be worsened when you eat lots of spicy and acidic foods. If you develop canker sores, using a warm saltwater rinse can help ease symptoms.
Feeling stressed or fatigued can trigger a cold sore attack. If you are prone to cold sores, make sure you wash your hands frequently and try to avoid touching your mouth.
Drier conditions can make it harder to produce enough saliva. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and if necessary, place a humidifier or a bowl of water in your home, and especially in your bedroom at night.
Breathing in cold air can increase tooth sensitivity. Relieve discomfort by brushing with a toothpaste specially formulated for sensitive teeth but be sure to come and see us too. Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be due to an untreated dental problem.