How cold weather can affect oral health

 

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It’s getting colder and drier outside, which could mean oral health problems for children and adults.

Winter is time for hot cocoa, building snowmen, movies by the fire, and spending a lot of time with family and friends. Whether you are playing in the snow at home, ice skating, or skiing, it’s always important to keep good care of your mouth.

Chapped lips can bother you any time of year, but most likely during the winter. The cold, wind, and sun can easily cause dry lips during any activity. Keep your lips, and your children’s lips, protected by applying lip balm with at least SPF 15 every day. Dry lips can also be caused by dehydration, so keep drinking water, which will help your teeth stay healthy as well!

Canker sores are painful and annoying. In the cold weather you might be more prone to canker sores because you are more likely to enjoy winter treats that are high in acid. Those types of foods include cider, citrus fruits, and spicy foods. If you develop a canker sore this winter, you can help it heal faster by swishing a mixture of one teaspoon of salt and a half-cup of water in your mouth.

Sensitive teeth also make themselves known during the winter months. Cold temperatures and wind could make your teeth feel sore. Even certain foods could be painful to chew! If your child has sensitive teeth, check in with us on how to help relieve the pain.

Don’t let these cold weather complaints keep you indoors this winter! It is best to stay active throughout the year. Prevent oral health problems all year long by continuing to brush and floss twice a day, while also getting regular check-ups throughout the year.