You may not be aware of it, but with winter, comes some dental risks. Oral health is something you should always stay on top of, but when the weather turns colder, there are some specific things that you need to look out for. So, when the temperature drops, here are some things that you should keep in mind that could pose a risk to your teeth.
Expansion and Contraction
Cold air makes your teeth contract, but once they are warm again, they will expand. This constant expanding and contracting as you breathe cold air can lead to many issues. It can cause weakness and fractures that you may not see but will certainly feel. You should see your dentist at any sign of pain.
Colder months bring many holidays where sweet treats are the center of attention. This increase in sugar intake is not great for your oral health. Instead of overindulging, make sure you eat sugar in moderation. Also, make sure to keep up your regular routine of brushing and flossing.
It is very easy to lower the amount you drink when it is cold. You probably don’t feel as thirsty as you do in the summer. However, not staying properly hydrated is bad news for your dental health. Make sure that you keep hydrated and drink plenty of water each day.
Colder months often mean hockey. If you play this sport, you should always wear a mouth guard. Hockey is notorious for dental damage, but any sport you are playing where there is a risk of getting hit in the mouth requires that you wear a guard.
Protecting your teeth when the seasons change to colder temperatures is important. There are several things that can bring increased risk for damage and other issues. By just being aware of the issues that can happen, you are better able to be alert and take the necessary steps.
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