How To Deal With The Winter Mouth Woes

2nd January 2018

January is otherwise known as the most depressing month of the year, as Christmas is over yet the days are still short and dark, it’s freezing outside and generally everyone’s mood is pretty low. On top of your January Blues, many of us also suffer from winter mouth woes, because of the cold weather, and much like a snowflake everyone’s mouth is unique. Some may suffer from dry mouth, while others may have sensitive teeth or cold sores, so here is how to deal with the winter mouth woes:

Sensitive teeth

This is one of the most common tooth problems in the colder months, as the icy temperatures and wind can leave your teeth feeling sore and sensitive.

Remedy?

When outdoors try breathing through your nose as much as possible, as crisp air can make your teeth even more sensitive. Your lips, tongue and cheek will keep your chattering teeth insulated. Using fluoride mouthwash and de-sensitizing toothpastes can also help sensitive teeth as they help block sensations and relieve pain.

However, if the sensitive pain doesn’t go away, come and see us for an appointment, as on-going aching could be a sign of a larger problem.

Dry mouth

Its cold season, which means blocked noses and mouth breathers! Sometimes excessive mouth breathing creates dry mouth, which can increase your risk of developing mouth infections and tooth decay.

Remedy?

Drink water regularly throughout the day and chew sugar-free gum to keep your mouth moist. We recommend  sugar-free gum containing xylitol, which reduces the harmful bacteria, and also reduces the bacteria’s ability to stick to your teeth, making the plaque easier to remove!

Also try and lessen your caffeine and alcohol intake, as they cause the body to lose water, which obviously can contribute to your dry mouth.

Lack of Vitamin D

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… We spend more time indoors during these months, which means you’re not getting a lot of Vitamin D through the sunshine. This is generally a problem for us Brits, as the sun here rarely likes to make an appearance! Vitamin D however is crucial for keeping your teeth and bones healthy, as it regulates the amount of calcium absorbed into your teeth and bones, meaning you won’t get the benefits of calcium if you don’t have enough vitamin D.

Remedy?

Increase the amount of Vitamin D foods in your diet, for example eggs, fish, yogurt, broccoli, kale or take Vitamin D supplements. Or you can just use this as an excuse to book a holiday somewhere nice and warm, for that all-important Vitamin D!

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