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Winter can be challenging for our teeth. The cold weather and holidays can mean a lot of sugary treats, which can lead to cavities and other issues. To make sure your teeth stay healthy and strong this winter, it's important to keep up with your dental hygiene routine. By following the below mentioned tips, you can have a healthy smile all winter long.

How To Take Care of Your Teeth This NEW YEAR

Improve brushing

Care should include brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time. When brushing your teeth, use a soft-bristled brush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Position your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and use gentle, circular motions to brush the outer surfaces of each tooth. For the inner surfaces, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes. To clean the inner surfaces of the front teeth, use the tip of the brush. Finally, brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

It is also important to brush for two minutes or more and to use a fluoride toothpaste to help protect against decay. Additionally, be sure to replace your toothbrush every two to three months, or sooner if the bristles become worn.

Use a fluoride mouthwash

Fluoride mouthwash is a great way to help protect your teeth during the cold winter months. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel. Using a fluoride mouthwash can help replenish the fluoride levels in your mouth, as well as provide an additional layer of protection against cavities and other dental problems.

To use a fluoride mouthwash, simply swish a small amount of the solution around your mouth for 30–60 seconds, and then spit it out before brushing your teeth or after a snack. Make sure to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 30 minutes after using the mouthwash, as this will give it time to work and be absorbed into your teeth.

*Fluoridated mouth rinses are not recommended for children who cannot rinse and spit-this generally starts to happen around the age of 8.

Pay attention to gums

Gums are an important part of winter teeth care. During the cold winter months, the air is drier and can cause gums to become dry and irritated. This can lead to gum irritation, inflammation, and even bleeding. To prevent these issues, it’s important to keep the gums healthy and hydrated.

To keep your gums healthy during the winter months, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Gently brush your gums with a soft-bristled brush to remove plaque and debris. Be sure to use a fluoride-containing toothpaste and rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. When flossing, use a gentle motion and be sure to floss all the way to the gum line.

You should also use a sugar-free gum or mouthwash to keep your gums hydrated. Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate saliva production, which helps naturally hydrate the gums and keep them healthy.

Drink plenty of water

Water is essential for overall health, but it can also help protect your teeth during the winter season. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your teeth clean by washing away food particles and bacteria that may be left behind after eating and drinking. It can also help to maintain the proper pH balance in your mouth and help to prevent dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and other dental issues.

Additionally, water can help reduce the acidity in your mouth, which is a common cause of tooth enamel erosion. Lastly, drinking water can help to rinse away sugary and sticky foods that can adhere to your teeth, which can lead to cavities and other dental issues. So, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep your teeth healthy and strong this winter.

Avoid sugary food

Sugary foods are a major cause of tooth decay and cavities, especially during the winter months when temperatures drop and our bodies crave something sweet to warm us up. Sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth, which can produce acids that attack tooth enamel. Eating sugary foods can also create an imbalance in your oral microbiome, which can lead to gum disease. Additionally, sugary foods often contain sticky ingredients, such as candy, which can stick to your teeth and cause further damage. If you do have a sweet craving, opt for sugar-free options instead.

Taking care of your teeth during the winter season is essential to ensure a healthy smile. Don't forget to schedule an appointment with The Children's Dental Center today to ensure you have healthy teeth all winter long with our services.

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