As the cold weather sets in, we tend to need to moisturize our skin a lot more – including around our face and mouth. Cold weather from late fall into winter can cause a range of issues surrounding our mouth due to its windier and drier climate. Hygiene is especially important at this time to avoid the spread of infections and to prevent irritation. Here are some common oral hygiene tips to practice in winter!

Avoiding canker sores

Canker sores tend to show up when we eat too much food that is spicy or acidic. If you’re that person that puts hot sauce on everything or you always or always have a coffee or beer in your hand, you could be at risk of developing canker sores.

How to remedy this: Reducing these kinds of foods will help in preventing canker sores but if you already have them, clean your sores with a little salt and water. They will heal much faster. Another alcohol free-solution is a mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide, a mild anti-septic. They help to relieve the pain without further irritating your mouth.

Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth, especially to cold, you know all too well how the harsh winter air can feel against your teeth. The uncomfortable electrical-type surges are no fun while you’re doing winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, skating or simply taking a walk outside with your dog. Brushing with special toothpastes for sensitive teeth will help to protect your enamel and take care of this situation in the winter months. Using this type of toothpaste along with reducing foods that are abrasive against your teeth, are two surefire ways to remedy this pain and irritation.

Keep some lip balm, sunblock, mildly antiseptic mouthwash and some sensitive-teeth toothpaste at home and you’re set for the upcoming cold weather season! If you’re feeling any other symptoms come see us for an appointment!