Cold weather affects teeth

If you live in a northern climate, spring is arriving soon but cold weather continues to linger. And cold weather can put a chill on your teeth more than any body part.

Any weather extreme can cause dental issues, but cold weather has the biggest impact.

Michigan dentist Dr. Gary Vance recently posted four solid tips for dealing with cold weather teeth issues. The tips were posted on the A Healthier Michigan website.

  • Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash two to three times per day. This will assist in sealing the cold-sensitive teeth.

  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush, as well as desensitizing toothpaste and remember to brush gently, as long as the bristle touches the tooth you are cleaning them.

  • Avoid teeth grinding. If you do grind or clench your teeth, be sure to use a mouth guard at night.

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. As always, continue to follow proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Warmer weather is coming soon and the above tips can be shelved — for several months at least.