5 Tips for Dealing with Winter Mouth Issues

December 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — budadental @ 2:35 am

Woman outdoors enjoying winterFrigid winter temperatures can take a toll on your skin and hair, but the season can also affect your smile. Cracked lips, sensitive teeth, and other challenges can affect your quality of life, but you can win the battle against winter mouth issues. Here are 5 tips to manage common problems caused by cold weather.

1. Keep Your Lips Moisturized

Dry, chapped lips are a common complaint in winter because the thin tissues can get dehydrated easily. Many people lick their lips more often to rehydrate them, which can lead to painful splits and cracks. Keeping your lips moisturized can protect them from cold air, sun exposure, and dehydration. 

2. Drink Plenty of Water

According to a study from the University of New Hampshire, the risk of dehydration increases in the winter because people don’t feel as thirsty, so they forget to drink. Your body must work harder in lower temperatures to stay warm, which can lead to dehydration if you aren’t careful. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which will also keep your lips and mouth moist. Healthcare professionals recommend drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water daily. 

3. Treat Sensitive Teeth with Fluoride Toothpaste

Cold air can trigger uncomfortable sensations in your teeth, as well as seasonal soups and beverages. You can combat sensitive teeth with fluoride toothpaste. It will help block pain signals to keep you comfortable. If changing toothpaste doesn’t help, ask your dentist for a fluoride varnish for an added layer of protection against outside elements.

4. Stay Warm to Stop Chattering Teeth

It’s common for your teeth to chatter or to clench your jaw when you’re trying to stay warm. Unfortunately, it can trigger TMJ disorder symptoms. You can avoid jaw pain by dressing in warm clothing and limiting your time outdoors.

5. Avoid Getting a Dry Mouth

A stuffy nose can lead to breathing through your mouth, which can cause it to dry out. This creates the perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria to grow, increasing your risk of cavities, infections, and bad breath. Treating nasal congestion will make it easier to breathe through your nose. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to cleanse your mouth in between brushing and flossing. Chewing sugarless gum can also increase saliva production to prevent a dry mouth.

Besides caring for your mouth at home, don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll provide you with the advice you need to make it through the winter months by stopping problems before they even start.

About Dr. Donald Taylor

Dr. Taylor earned his BS and DDS degrees from the University of Illinois Dental College and has regularly pursued advanced education to provide modern services. He is a proud member of various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you need a dentist with a reputation you can trust, request an appointment through our website or call us at (512) 295-5555.

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