Protecting Your Teeth During the Winter
Many people aren’t aware of the winter’s proclivity to make teeth more sensitive than they would be in warmer weather. While there is no stopping colder weather from coming and bringing anywhere from mild to severe oral discomfort along with it, there are precautionary measures that you can take to combat the pangs of irritation that are known to come with distinct changes in temperature.
Managing teeth sensitivity can be as simple as improving your oral hygiene and dietary habits. Brushing after every meal and flossing daily has long been proven to strengthen teeth; this routine, in combination with using potassium or calcium based de-sensitizing toothpaste, can reduce sensitivity brought on by colder weather.
Additionally, drinking more water can help reduce sensitivity by preventing bacterial buildup. Drinking water increases saliva production while keeping the gums and teeth moist, effectively combating the tendency for saliva to dry up quickly during colder weather and leave teeth vulnerable to bacteria. It is also prudent to limit the amount of sugary and acidic food intake during times when teeth are more prone to sensitivity. Sugary foods help bacteria reproduce—increasing the likelihood of weakened teeth—and acidic foods contribute to weakened enamel and cavities.
Although teeth can become more sensitive and vulnerable to bacteria during the colder months, those suffering from unsettling pain in their teeth can practice these preventative measures so they are not powerless when winter comes around. If you are experiencing increased sensitivity or pain in your teeth or gums, Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. and his team can help you manage and eradicate the source of your pain. Don’t hesitate to contact our Leander dental office at (512) 259-3365 for more information.