Here are the common dental issues you can watch out for and prevent this winter:
When it gets too cold outside, sensitive teeth will let you know. You may find relief from brushing your teeth with toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth. If you have significant sensitivity, you should see your dentist to rule out any more serious problems such as a cracked tooth or new cavities.
Dry mouth and chapped lips
The dry cold air can lead to dry mouth, and cavity causing bacteria thrive in a dry mouth. Drink water and apply lip balm to lock to protect your mouth and lips. Use a humidifier at home to add moisture in the air.
Cold sores are caused by a common virus and are highly contagious. If you have a cold sore at the time you are scheduled for a dental visit, it may be best to reschedule. Factors such as stress, fatigue, and cold weather can stimulate the virus that causes cold sores to become active. Wash your hands often to avoid spreading the virus.
Canker sores, unlike cold sores, are not viral. They are small areas of irritation or ulceration that occur inside your mouth, on your gums. If you are prone to canker sores, avoiding spicy and acidic food and drinks can help decrease the number of canker sores that you get.
Don’t miss the season’s delicious experiences because of mouth problems! Prevention is better than cure, so keep up your teeth and gum care.
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontic Specialists of Michigan has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly and newly renovated office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. Our pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults and are proud to be Premier Providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen services. We have the ability to treat all patients with compassion and individuality, including those that may have special needs as we have treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy and customized care options. We pioneered valued hospital affiliations to allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children’s Hospital and St. John Macomb Hospital, when appropriate or necessary, and our specialists are also proud to be on staff at Henry Ford and Beaumont hospitals.