Just how do you look after your teeth in winter? The weather forecast doesn’t look too good. Snow is forecast for most of the UK over the coming weeks. Here are some helpful tips on how to protect your mouth.
It’s getting colder!
Ok, you have already looked out your coat, hat, scarf and gloves.
It is also time to start taking extra care of your teeth. The cold weather can cause problems for your teeth if you don’t. Your teeth can become very sensitive. This can make eating and drinking really painful. You should try a special sensitive toothpaste. Here are some of the best sensitive toothpastes for you to choose from:
Are you clenching your jaw?
The cold weather can cause people to subconsciously clench their jaw and grind their teeth. This is a natural reaction from your body to keep warm. Whilst this isn’t a huge problem, clenching your jaw persistently could cause significant pain and result in a trip to the dentist.
What can you do to help alleviate the pain?
During the winter months, when you are outdoors, breathe in and out of your nose as much as possible. Breathing in very cold air can make your teeth sensitive. Your cheeks, tongue and lips will insulate your mouth if your mouth is closed. We know this can be difficult during the winter months though – especially if you’re suffering from the common cold!
When it is freezing cold, wrap up warm with a scarf round your neck and bring it high enough up to cover your mouth. This creates a barrier between the cold air and your teeth.
When should you see a dentist?
If the pain is consistent for more than a week, we recommend that you go and speak to your dentist. They will be able to make a diagnosis if there is an underlying condition which is causing the extreme sensitivity. To find a dentist near you visit our website at DefactoDentists.com