The winter air can be cold and dry, or damp, depending on the temperature and your location. Most likely it will alternate between the two. Either way winter can be rough on your mouth. Your lips can become cracked and dry. Your teeth may be sensitive to the cold air, and your mouth may become dry as well. There are some ways to combat these issues. In today’s blog we discuss how to keep your mouth healthy this winter.
Food: Food is an important source of protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals that help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Many people skip breakfast because they are in a hurry in the morning, especially if they’re fighting the weather to get to work on time. However starting off with a healthy breakfast is beneficial to your overall health. Some good breakfast options that can help keep your teeth and body healthy include eggs, yogurt, calcium-fortified cereal, and fresh fruit.
Water: Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight so we need water to stay hydrated, healthy, and function effectively. Water flushes out bacteria and the sugars it feeds on from your mouth to keep it clean, plus it helps keep your oral mucosa moist which is important to your oral health.
Your toothbrush: Toothbrushes can remain damp for a long time and can harbor bacteria. Therefore air-dry your toothbrush after each use to discourage bacterial growth.
Your hands: Wash your hands several times throughout the day and especially before you eat to remove bacteria.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.