Winter is upon us. While this is an exciting time due to the upcoming holidays, delicious food, and festive music, not everything about this season is something to get excited about. Unfortunately, during this part of the year, many people are forced to deal with some frustrating winter mouth issues that are difficult to resolve. Fortunately, your dentist is here to help. Continue reading to learn about some of the common winter mouth issues that people face and what you can do to get some relief from them.
At this time of year, the elements are not so great for the moisture of your lips. The combination on the sun’s rays, wind, and cooler temperatures all contribute to chapped lips. In order to keep this from happening this year, remember to always keep your lips nice and moisturized by using a lip balm that contains at least SPF 15. You should apply it frequently throughout the day. If your lips are already chapped, use petroleum jelly in order to lock in moisture. Adding a humidifier can help to add extra moisture in the air as you sleep.
In addition of the holidays, winter also brings along cold and flu season. When you are unable to breathe through your nose as easily, you will be breathing through your mouth. If you do this too much, you will develop dry mouth. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine. Chewing on sugarless gum is a great way to increase your flow of saliva as well.
This happens when you are breathing in too much cold air in the winter which will lower the temperature in your mouth. Ultimately, your teeth will encounter more extreme temperatures and you are more likely to feel pain as a result. Remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This way, the cold air will bypass your mouth and go directly into the lungs. If you are experiencing a lot of sensitivity, you could try investing in a fluoridated toothpaste that is made especially for people who have sensitive teeth.
Do you get more canker sores in the winter? This generally happens because there are more sweets around during this time of year. In order to keep yourself from developing them, you will have to watch what you eat and drink more closely. Go easy on the sugary treats, spicy dinners, and apple ciders. In order to help these sores heal at a faster pace, rinse your mouth with a combination of a half cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt.
The holidays are frustrating when it comes to your smile, but it is still the most wonderful time of the year! By using the tips above, you will be able to start the new year while you are protecting your oral health.
About the Author
Dr. Bill Greenberg is an experienced dentist who has been practicing at Mt. Holly Family Dentistry for over four decades. He holds Fellowship status with the Academy of General Dentistry and the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (609) 267-3230.