Ned Stark of Winterfell warned us that winter was coming.
And here we are, facing a stretch of colder than normal temperatures in North Richland Hills, TX.
Although our winters are milder than those of the long-suffering Northern families in the fictional seven kingdoms of Game of Thrones, but that doesn’t mean you couldn’t use some help from our team at R.R. Williams, DDS in knowing how to protect your healthy smile against some of the unique dental health threats of the season!
Tips To Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Winter!
Our winters aren’t as harsh as they could be, but we deal with our share of cold weather this time of year. That means our teeth need the right protection.
It starts with knowing how this particular season puts your dental health at risk, whether it’s because of your activity level, your diet, or the temperatures.
Here are three of our tips for keeping your teeth healthy this winter!
*Protect Teeth & Gums With An Athletic Mouthguard*
No matter how mild our winters are, your teeth will be at risk if this time of year means lots of vigorous activity on the court or field for any athletes in your family. Winter sports like basketball and hockey are fun and exciting, but they’ll put your favorite athlete’s smile in harm’s way if you don’t give them adequate protection.
The only way to do that is with a customized athletic mouthguard from your North Richland Hills, TX dentist! We’ll take precise measurements for maximum coverage, comfort, and protection against dental injuries.
*No Drink Is As Good For Teeth As Water*
In the heat of summer, your body craves the refreshment of icy cold water, but when you’re already icy cold, you’re more likely to reach for a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa.
You don’t have to avoid these drinks, but you shouldn’t let them be a substitute for water. When it comes to beverages and your teeth, nothing takes the place of water in keeping you hydrated and your saliva flowing. Saliva contains natural bacteria-fighting agents your mouth needs to stay clean and safe against harmful acids.
*Don’t Get Too Comfortable With Comfort Foods*
Everyone loves comfort food when there’s a nip in the air. A pot of hot chili, steaming broccoli cheddar and loaded potato soups, and creamy casseroles are great sources of warmth and comfort when a cold January rain falls outside.
But a steady diet of these types of carb-heavy, starchy dishes can add more sugar to your usual intake and expose your mouth to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.
You’ll have to keep your oral hygiene game strong with daily brushing and flossing, keep your refined sugars to a minimum, and rinse your mouth with water after you eat if you want to avoid the dental health disasters of winter!
Call Today For An Appointment!
We’re pretty lucky to live in this part of the country where the winters aren’t nearly as rough, but still, your teeth can be tested by the elements of the season.
Let us help you keep your smile strong and healthy during every season with our general and restorative dentistry services!