TIPS TO AVOID THE WINTER TEETH BLUES5th November 2018
We love winter. It’s a great excuse to cuddle up on the sofa, binge on Netflix, not leave the house for the whole weekend and Christmas…need we say more? However, the negatives are that darkness hits before we leave work, the weather is usually grey and rainy and we get poorly.
Most of us, during this time of year, get colds and flu and because of this and other contributing factors (like the rubbish weather!) our oral health seems to suffer. Therefore, it’s important to look after all aspects of our health during this time of year, especially those pearly whites.
Here are 3 easy tips to help you survive the long winter:
- Replace your toothbrush after an illness
Generally you should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. However when you’ve been ill, it’s best to get rid of the brush (even if it’s new), as the toothbrush may hoard bacteria from your sickness. So, by using the same toothbrush even after you have recovered, you run the risk of re-infecting yourself.
- Protect your teeth against sensitivity
Ever noticed that your teeth can get slightly more sensitive during these months? The cold temperatures and winds can leave your teeth feeling sore and sensitive. Usually brushing with de-sensitising toothpastes can solve the sensitive issue, as they can help to block the sensations that cause the pain, so you’re able to enjoy to good aspects of winter again.
However, if the pain doesn’t go away, schedule an appointment to come and see us, as on-going aching could be a sign of a larger problem.
- Dealing with cold sores
Again, another side-effect from winter we all love to get – cold sores. These usually happen when you are exposed to harsh winter sun, so watch out ski-goers! When battling cold sores, the best tip for to ensure a healthy mouth is to protect the skin around your mouth. Use cotton bud to apply lip-balm with an SPF of at least 15 and try to keep your hands clean to avoid spreading the bacteria.