Keeping Healthy Smiles Through the Winter

The cold weather allows for more events and more fun that is not available during the summer months. Your winter activities can be dangerous for your smile, so make sure you visit Dr. Fondriest to protect your mouth and repair any mishaps.

Winter sports

Winter sports, like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, ice hockey, and sledding, are just as dangerous as summer sports. If you slip on ice, you could chip or knock out a tooth. Dry mountain air, high altitudes, and strenuous activities will increase your body’s need for water. Drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated, and remember to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth!

Dry skin

The air change and cooler weather conditions can cause dryness. In the winter, you may be more at risk for dry skin, chapped lips, headaches, nosebleeds, and dry coughs. Consider using an indoor humidifier to keep the air moist. Drinking water will help moisturize your body, reduce dry mouth, and keep your skin soft and smooth. In addition, use a moisturizing lip balm or body lotion to avoid chapped lips and cracked skin.

Sensitivity

Your teeth can be very sensitive to cold air. Sensitivity causes a feeling of pain or throbbing in your mouth and facial areas. Your body needs to stay warm to function properly. Wear appropriate clothing for your winter activity. You can also sip on a nice warm cup of herbal green tea to help protect your smile and your body from freezing.

Stress

The wintertime means holidays. And the holidays usually mean increased stress. Stress can cause you to focus on seasonal obligations, such as shopping, family, and decorating, and cause you to forget about your mouth and neglect daily hygiene behaviors. You may also change your diet and eating habits to enjoy the seasonal treats that are loaded with sugar. Stress can also make you unknowingly clench or grind your teeth, contributing to TMJ disorder that can wear out your smile. Relaxation, mouth guards, and proper oral health behaviors will protect your smile.

Cold or Flu

Colds and flus are common during the winter months. If you’re sick, you’ll be missing out on your favorite winter activities. You may change your eating habits because “nothing sounds good” and your body is too weak to prepare a nutritious meal. In addition, some medications can cause dry mouth and other dental complications. Keep your body healthy by drinking water, resting, and getting enough nutrients to keep your smile and body strong.

Dr. Fondriest can help keep your smile safe this winter. Contact Dr Fondriest at (847) 234-0517 to set up an appointment. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and surrounding communities.

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