Painful teeth in winter
Do your teeth hurt in winter? With our 5 expert tips, you can prevent toothache in winter. The cold winter weather can not only take its toll on your skin, but can also lead to dental problems. The good news is that you're not alone when it comes to sensitive teeth in winter. But if you want to avoid a toothache in winter at all costs, you should take our 5 expert tips to heart.
Tip 1: Hydrate the oral mucosa
In winter, the air is dry, significantly drier than in summer, because there is a lack of humidity in winter. But not only is the air significantly drier outside, but the indoor air is also dry, which can actually lead to dehydration.
While saliva has a natural cleansing effect and can reduce the number of bacteria that cause tooth decay, it is still important to drink at least two litres of water a day to avoid dehydration. By the way, water can also clean your tongue! This can further reduce the load of harmful bacteria.
Tip 2: Minimise sugar consumption
Minimise your sugar consumption in winter. Avoid sugary foods and meals to reduce your sugar intake. In winter, rely on hot drinks like unsweetened tea to keep you warm and hydrated.
It is sugar that attracts harmful bacteria that cause gingivitis and gum disease. So avoid excessive sugar consumption to maintain your oral health during winter.There is no doubt that there is a link between oral and systemic health. We've known this for centuries, but now it's becoming increasingly clear that we are what we eat. This is especially true for the way we consume food.
Tip 3: Check your tooth brushing technique
If you tend to have sensitive teeth and this is especially noticeable in winter, we recommend dental care with our emmi®-dent ultrasonic toothbrush. Use a soft brush head to protect your gums in winter.
Also use a mineralising toothpaste, because minerals help to protect the nerve endings from irritants, which prevents toothache.
Tip 4: Avoid acidic foods and drinks
Tooth decay is the result of harmful bacteria, which are found in every mouth. If food particles remain on your teeth or in the spaces between them, harmful bacteria multiply and attack your teeth. They can eat away at the enamel and even reach the root.
Acidic foods are the main cause of tooth decay. The most common acidic food is drinks. These drinks contain a lot of phosphoric acid. It dissolves the enamel. The most important thing you can do to prevent tooth decay is to brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing with our emmi-dent ultrasonic toothbrush removes the sticky plaque from the surface of your teeth.
Tip 5: Use gum protection
Use a mouthguard, also called a gum shield, to prevent dental injuries in winter due to cold. It also helps protect your teeth and gums in winter. If you are not sure whether a mouthguard can help you, consult your dentist.