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December 4, 2021

How Do I Deal with Winter Mouth Issues?

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 9:11 pm
woman applying lip balm in winter outdoors

As the wintry weather rolls in, some particular oral health problems return each year. Struggles with sensitive teeth, dry mouth, and chapped lips elevate.

You don’t have to be one of the many to endure these troubles. Read on for some tips from your dentist about combating winter mouth issues in Altamonte Springs.

Tip 1: Drink Water Frequently

This is a good tip year-round, but especially in the winter. When you have an insufficient amount of saliva, it results in what is commonly referred to as “dry mouth.” From taking certain types of medication to medical treatments like chemotherapy to smoking, there are a lot of causes of dry mouth. Dry winter air can exacerbate this issue, so it’s crucial to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It will also help hydrate your skin and prevent chapped lips.

Tip 2: Keep Warm

Here’s one that you would hopefully be attempting to do without being told. When you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, wearing warm clothing can help control jaw pain, since your joints and muscles tense up in chilly weather. Simply staying warm helps reduce any clenching or tightening in the jaw area.

Tip 3: Switch to Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

If drinking hot cocoa or apple cider brings about sharp, short-duration pain in your teeth, you may have sensitive teeth. When your tooth enamel is weakened and breaks down, the layer below it – dentin – gets exposed to foods and beverages to cause discomfort. Cold temperatures can also be troublesome in this case. Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth protects exposed dentinal tubules from harm and makes ingesting items with hot or cold temperatures a more comfortable experience.

Tip 4: Utilize a Humidifier

With less humidity in the air during the winter months, your skin is more prone to drying out and becoming cracked. Using a humidifier in your home adds extra moisture in the air to help keep your skin and lips healthy.

Tip 5: Apply Lip Balm Frequently

The skin on your lips is delicate and chaps easily, making it very susceptible to cold, dry air. Using a lip balm with SPF is important to protect your lips from the sun, even in the winter, and keep them moisturized.

The winter season has its benefits, and a lot of people love the chilly weather. But just like in the summer, it’s important to make smart decisions in the other extreme season so you aren’t struggling with sensitive teeth in Altamonte Springs or the other issues discussed here. These tips can help you set those problems aside and focus on the things you do enjoy about colder conditions.

About the Practice

At Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland, we’ve held our practice to the highest standard of dental care for nearly 50 years. We have four dentists on staff and an in-house dental lab, which allows us to offer an array of treatments in our convenient location, and our experienced team will ensure that you are comfortable during every visit. We welcome patients of all ages and if you ever need an emergency dentist, we’ll be ready to help. If you need an early-morning appointment to accommodate your busy schedule, we open at 7 a.m. four days each week. We may not be experts on cold weather conditions around here, but certainly, our patients do some traveling throughout the year and it’s important to be prepared. If you ever have tooth sensitivity due to temperature or any reason, it’s important to get it checked out because cavities are a common cause. You can make an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam on our website or call (407) 830-9800.

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