How To Care For Your Teeth During The Winter

January 30th, 2019

February and March are important months to pay attention to dental hygiene

Flossing also plays a big part in oral care

Neglecting teeth now can lead to a bad Spring.

Winter has finally put its full grip on New Jersey. Those somewhat balmy days of early January are now a distant memory. People are spending a lot more time indoors since it gets dark early and it’s still cold. It doesn’t have to be a torturous process to be endured until the spring. There are just a few things to remember. Here’s how to care for teeth and gums during the winter.

Cold Weather Can Be Rough on Teeth and Gums

February is a brutal month in New Jersey, there’s no getting around that. Especially here in Point Pleasant, with the wind coming off of the beach. That can make standing outside less than appealing for many… and it can make a lot of people’s teeth and gums feel very sensitive to both hot and cold beverages. They can feel very limited in what they can handle, temperature-wise. If something is not done, it can make the days seem double in length… and no one wants to have a 56-day month.

Another reason that people’s teeth and gums can hurt during the winter is that their teeth expand and contract depending on how cold or hot it is outside.This is after a layer of enamel has worn off or one’s gums have receded. It’s much like how one can fan have difficulty putting on a ring right after a hot shower but have a much easier time right after running their hand under cold water for a few seconds. When that’s going on inside their mouth, that will definitely cause some level of discomfort.

When it comes to tooth-and-gum sensitivity, there are several options. The first is to visit the local store and get toothpaste specifically formulated for tooth sensitivity. That alone may wind up being the answer, especially if one brushes their teeth regularly like they should.

Brush Your Teeth Carefully

This isn’t as simple as it seems to be. Houses and apartments full of people, whether they are roommates, family members, spouses… tend to get chaotic at the same time. Five people fighting to use one bathroom can severely cramp the amount of time one can spend in there taking care of basic needs. Brushing for thirty seconds and then ceding the space to the next waiting occupant is not sufficient time.

That shortage of time can also lead to another problem – if someone brushes their teeth too vigorously, thinking that will make up for not doing it for two minutes, that will actually damage the tooth and gums. It can irritate the gums and cause bleeding as well as wearing away at the enamel. Use a toothbrush with a soft bristle and pay attention to each tooth.

Other Culprits

There are other things that can cause tooth sensitivity not just during the winter but all year-round. They include teeth-grinding, agents in tooth-whitening process, and drinking a lot of acidic beverages like sodas, coffee, tea, and juice, and smoking. That, coupled along with improper brushing and flossing can cause one’s gums to recede.

Taking care of teeth and gums during the winter doesn’t have to be too difficult – it’s just a matter of being able to budget time. People who live in a crowded house or apartment are just going to need to figure out how they can squeeze in an extra five minutes each to thoroughly brush and floss their teeth in the morning and the evening. They also need to make sure that they are doing this with proper form. An electric toothbrush might be the best bet for brushing, since it does the work for the patient, but they need to ensure that they hold it over each tooth for the correct amount of time.

Coastal Dental Group wants everyone to have a great rest of the winter. They can help with showing the proper dental care necessary so that patients can enjoy the rest of the season – and will work through every possible solution.