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Best Fall Dental Tips for Your Teeth
Fall or autumn is a season when the temperatures are relatively low, and it is even about to start freezing. These cold conditions can make one prone to some dental problems. Good dental health should, therefore, be observed during this period.
Below are some of the tips on how to care for your teeth during the fall season:
1.Maintain A Good Oral Hygiene
During the fall season, Vita Dental Spring advice people to brush teeth after meals at least twice in a day. Remember to floss them after brushing to remove the small plaque that the toothbrush was unable to remove. To prevent wearing away of the enamel and injuring of the gums, one should use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
One might also try changing their toothpaste and toothbrush during the cold season. Use of toothpaste with calcium is most preferable. Calcium relieves the mouth by plugging open pores in the mouth.
2.Always Visit the Dentist or Doctor
Experts and dentists help in telling if there is a problem and how it can be corrected on time. Make sure you don’t miss your regular checkups during this season.
One can book an appointment earlier on even before the cold season starts.
3.Drinking Water and Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the cold is as important as during the hot season. Experts and doctors recommend intake of at least 2 liters of water in a single day. The water helps in maintaining a healthy body and healthy teeth. Drinking water helps in the production of more saliva. The saliva contains different enzymes and chemical substances which is essential in fighting bacteria in the mouth.
4.Avoid Sugary Beverages
During this cold season, avoid beverages that are rich in sugar. Sugar helps in the production of bacteria that cause infections in the mouth. Moreover, avoid any acidic foods and drinks.as this may aggravate tooth sensitivity.
5.Adjust Your Diet
A diet has a great impact on your dental health. A healthy diet will help in defending your teeth during cold seasons. Eat food rich in vegetables, lean beef, whole grains, fat-free dairy products and fish.
Limit yourself from the number of snacks you eat. These snacks reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth. Snacks can also create an acidic environment in the mouth. This acidity can cause harm and even cavities.
Avoid extremely cold or hot substances as they may cause expansion and contraction of teeth causing more severe sensitivity concerns.
6.Limit Time Spent Outdoors
During the cold, your teeth become very sensitive. One is therefore supposed to limit the time that they spend outside to prevent causing further harm to the sensitive teeth. The teeth are made to contract and expand when temperature fall or rise. The sudden change in temperatures can cause the surface lines of teeth to fracture making the teeth to be more hypersensitive to temperature change.
Anytime you have to go out, wrap a scarf around your mouth to help in the trapping of warmth around the mouth.
At Vita Dental Spring, we care for our patient’s teeth during these cold seasons. However, if these tips are not adopted, the following can be the effects of cold on one’s teeth.
The Sensitivity of Teeth
Human teeth are naturally sensitive to cod and hot substances. The teeth should, however, be able to withstand cold weather without any irritation. Breathing of cold air through the mouth, for instance, causes contraction of teeth as they can be porous and sensitive to temperature changes.
Irritation of Teeth
Solid substances and liquids often irritate the teeth. This is due to the cold air we breathe in through the open mouth. The irritation can cause stress on the teeth which may lead to breaking of teeth in some cases.
Apart from sensitivity, another problem in dealing with cold weather is clenching. A better way of coping with the cold when we are not covered up well is by tensing up. In doing this we tense our bodies, clench our jaws which ultimately makes people grind their teeth together.
Winter can always be connected with some sickness like allergies, flu or even cold. These illnesses can cause sinuses to swell on the jaws and around the root of the tooth. When the sinuses put pressure on the root, the root starts to develop pain.
Other than causing pain, the sinuses in the mouth can expose other issues with your teeth like cracks, gum recessions, and even eroded crowns. Exposed roots and gums are very sensitive to cold temperatures for instance. The eroded crowns and recessed gums can be a good hiding place for bacteria that cause oral infections at the end.
To reduce the sensitivity, Vita Dental Spring advice people to practice mouth washing. The process involves rinsing of the mouth with fluoride mouthwash at least twice in a day. This mouthwash helps in the creation of a seal over the sensitive areas of the teeth.
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