Your smile will almost always be the first thing people notice about you, and this is why people pay so much attention to their teeth. With weather changes come new requirements when in terms or caring for teeth and keeping that smile as bright as possible.
The winter is especially gruesome, what with the possibility of running into teeth related issues. Here are a few tips on how to take care of one's teeth during the winter.
Oral hygieneNothing should change during the winter; in fact, the emphasis on oral hygiene should be even stronger. Make sure teeth are brushed after meals, and that they are properly flossed. One of the biggest problems most people complain about is the sensitivity and cold.
This can very easily be fixed at home by changing to desensitizing toothpaste. If you suffer from this problem every year, it is advisable to start using the toothpaste, long before the winter comes as its effects take time. Desensitizing toothpaste can be potassium of calcium based.
Water intake is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. The recommended 2 liters per day limit should be upheld during both of these extreme months. Water keeps the gums and teeth moist and keeps the saliva juices flowing.
Without saliva, bacteria builds up in the mouth and this increases the likelihood of teeth related problems. Remember, though, that sugary beverages are not necessarily a good way to stay hydrated as the sugar helps bacteria reproduce.
Other measures to keep your teeth healthy and good looking include limiting time outdoors and diet adjustments. Not many people realize it, but the teeth care in the winter requires just as much effort as the much warmer months of the year. We will be happy to provide dental care tips for the cold winter months to keep your smile bright.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (516) 629-5086 today.