With the cold winter weather on its way it is important to know that dropping temperatures, and dry freezing winds can increase your risk for dental problems. You may find that your joints and muscles in your jaw are tight, you get cold/canker sores, chapped lips, dry mouth, and your teeth feel more sensitive. This is because your teeth are accustomed to a temperature of about 98°F and they expand and contract in reaction to intense heat and cold which could cause cracks in your teeth over time exposing nerves under your enamel. It is the same as tooth discomfort that you would get from cavities and gum disease.
Here are some ways that you can take care of your teeth when the temperature gets cold.
- Keep your mouth moist when the temperature drops.
- Use a soft bristled tooth brush
- Wear a scarf over your mouth when outside to keep you warm
- Keep up with your daily brushing and flossing
- Avoid sugary hard drinks, candies, or ice or acidic foods
- Use high fluoride tooth pastes
- Eat foods that are great for your overall dental health
- Replace your toothbrushes after a flu so you do not re infect yourself.