Now that it's the new year, we’re getting closer to the end of winter. Unfortunately, we still have a few months to go, and at Livonia Family Smiles, we’re expecting to see more of our patients with toothaches and other dental issues. This is because the environment plays a big role in dental health. In the winter, the cold air causes our mouths and gums to dry out, creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth and cavities. That’s why you should be ready to pay more attention to your oral health with these must-follow tips.
Improve your way of brushing
It's important to brush at least twice a day, but you need to make sure that you're doing it correctly. You should brush for at least 30 seconds per area, and pay attention to where the bristles are hitting so that they don't wear down your enamel. The best way for you to brush your teeth is by using small circular strokes. Make sure you're brushing all surfaces of your teeth, as well as the backs of them and between them.
Pay attention to your gums
The gums around your teeth are very sensitive and can easily become irritated by brushing too hard or using too much pressure on your toothbrush. Check your gums regularly by feeling them with an index finger or pressing against them with a finger or tongue depressor. If they're swollen or red, schedule an appointment with your dentist right away! Make sure that you're using a soft-bristled brush and not pressing too hard when you brush so that you don't damage the gum tissue or cause bleeding.
Drink plenty of water
Water helps wash away food particles that could get stuck in between teeth and cause plaque buildup, which could lead to gum disease over time if left untreated. Drinking enough water will also help flush out any bacteria in your mouth that could lead to tooth decay or gum disease over time if left untreated. Try drinking one glass of water before bed every night as an easy way to remember this tip!
Use fluoride toothpaste
Use fluoride toothpaste when brushing every day for two minutes each time (or longer if needed).
Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, so it's less likely to decay over time due to acid buildup from things like soda pop consumption! This toothpaste prevents plaque buildup by fighting off harmful bacteria with micro-particles that create slippery surfaces on teeth and prevent sugars from sticking there long enough to decay into acidity levels high enough to cause problems like cavities or gum disease over time if not properly treated!
Keep in mind that not all types of toothpaste contain fluoride, so check labels carefully before making purchases!
Invest in a mouthguard
Investing in mouth guards is another great way to maintain good oral health during the winter months since these items can help protect your teeth from getting damaged during times when conditions outside are less than ideal (such as when playing sports outdoors during snowstorms), which could result in more serious problems.
Winter is one of the best times to focus on your dental health. In order to achieve and maintain a healthy set of teeth and gums in the winter, you need to schedule an appointment with Livonia Family Smiles now.