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How to Have a Happy Mouth This Winter

July 1, 2019
Posted By: Mentone Family Dentist

Winter weather can be cold and dry, and it can play havoc with your dental health. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce its impact.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are shallow ulcers that develop inside the mouth. They can be very painful, making it difficult to eat and talk comfortably. Sometimes, highly acidic and spicy foods can trigger mouth ulcers, so you may find it beneficial to avoid these foods. When you do have a mouth ulcer, make a soothing mouth rinse by dissolving a teaspoon of salt in half a cup of warm water.

Sensitivity When You Eat Cold Foods

Dental pain caused whenever you bite into cold foods can worsen during the winter months. Sometimes tooth sensitivity is caused by untreated dental problems, so book a checkup if it’s been a while since you visited our dentist. Otherwise, using desensitising toothpaste should decrease any irritation.

Sore and Cracked Lips

Dry, cracked lips are far more common during winter, so protect your lips with a lip balm containing at least SPF 15. Avoid the temptation to lick your lips frequently because this dries your skin even more quickly. When you are indoors, make sure you stay well-hydrated and use a humidifier to keep the air moist.