During the winter months, tooth pain can become unbearable. Freezing temperatures and cold air can affect the teeth causing them to become increasingly sensitive. The following tips will help you protect your teeth and reduce the risk of uncomfortable tooth pain during the winters.
- Don’t Over Brush – Brushing teeth too often can wear away the enamel and actually damage the surface of the tooth.
Hat Tip: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes (recommended by American Dental Hygienists’ Association).
- Try Different Toothpaste – Use the toothpaste that contains fluoride or try one that is specifically formulated for sensitive teeth.
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- Reduce the Amount of Acids and Sugar in Your Diet – Acids and sugar can damage the surface of your teeth and break down the delicate enamel that protects them. Your teeth are frequently under attack by acids, but the good news is this damage is constantly being reversed. Acids leech minerals from the enamel through a process called demineralization. Fortunately, the natural process of remineralization replaces those minerals and strengthens the teeth all over again – and your saliva is a key player. Saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphates to help repair the teeth. Fluoride is another mineral that helps repair weakened enamel. However, replacing lost minerals can only do so much to prevent the effects of sugar on teeth if you eat lots of sweets and starches throughout the day.
Hat Tip: Limiting your sugar intake is vital if you want to give your mouth a fighting chance to fix the damage.
- Use a Fluoride Mouthwash – Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride at least twice a day to rinse away debris, kill odor causing bacteria and help protect the sensitive enamel.
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- Breathe in Through Your Nose – Breathing through your nose prevents the cold air from hitting your teeth while exhaling through your mouth allows the air from the lungs to keep them warm.
- Warm Beverages – Sipping on a warm beverage can keep the teeth from becoming too cold, especially if you are going to be outside for several hours at a time.
- Clean Your Toothbrush – Keeping your toothbrush clean and replacing it every few months, reduces your exposure to bacteria that could eventually lead to gingivitis and tooth decay.
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- Visit Your Dentist Regularly – Regular visits to your dentist for check-ups and routine fluoride treatments will also help to protect your teeth throughout the winter.
- Use a Mouth Guard – Wearing a mouth guard when you are going to be outside for long periods of time will prevent you from forcing your teeth together while you work and keep them from clicking together if your teeth begin to chatter from the cold.
- Wear a Scarf – Wearing a scarf will keep your lower jaw and neck warm and can also be moved to cover your mouth if necessary.
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Follow these tips to prevent dental problems during the winters. If you have any dental problem, schedule an appointment today with Plaza Dental Group, an Iowa dentist or just give us a call at 515-612-7148. At Plaza Dental Group, we strive to bring the best information for your oral health concerns and make your beautiful smile an everlasting one. To learn more oral health tips and updates about our company, LIKE us on Facebook.
Dr. Steffany Mohan is the Owner of Plaza Dental Group and is a leading dentist in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mohan is an expert in implant, family and cosmetic dentistry, is Invisalign certified and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dentistry community. Plaza Dental Group has built a reputation for excellence and its close doctor-patient relationships, which has made them one of the premier offices of Iowa dentists