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Protecting Your Smile in the Winter

Brushing your teeth twice a day as well as flossing regularly is the foundation of good dental hygiene. When winter arrives, there are extra measures you should take to ensure a healthier, brighter smile. It might seem surprising, but the cold weather can do damage to our teeth just as it can our skin, mood, and overall immunity.

Stay Hydrated

The first step to protecting your smile in the wintertime is to stay hydrated. Dry air in our homes, as well as frigid conditions outside and low humidity levels can dehydrate our bodies, which includes our gums, teeth, and lips. Dehydration means less saliva in the mouth which leads to more bacteria, higher acid levels, and chapped lips. It is important to drink lots of water in order to avoid these negative effects.

Cold and canker sores are also more likely to occur when our mouths and lips are dry. Use Chapstick, preferably with UV protection, to keep your lips moisturized – and again, drink lots of water.

Sensitivity Increases

Tooth sensitivity is usually heightened during the wintertime, both to heat and cold. It can help to use a toothpaste that is formulated for sensitive teeth. If you partake in winter sports, be sure to use a mouth guard to prevent injuries and wear a scarf to protect your sensitive teeth from the chilly air.

Visit the Best Dentist in Lincoln Square

One final tip to protect your smile this winter is to be sure you schedule your regular checkup with the best dentist in Lincoln Square Cornerstone Dental. Our dental exerts care about your smile as much as you do! Contact us today at 773-654-3575.

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