They say, “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” Indeed, a smile can brighten someone’s day, mend a fight, and even lift your bad mood. Simply put, a smile just makes everything better. But what if, behind a great smile is a discomfort that seems to disrupt your daily routine?
This happens when your teeth are triggered by any intake of cold food or beverages or even the cold weather. But take note that when you feel pain from cold, there must be underlying oral health issues that need to be addressed PRONTO.
There are a handful of reasons as to why this pain or sensitivity to cold elements can be associated with oral health issues. Some of them are enamel erosion which deteriorates with age or a bad diet. Another reason can be cavities that have accumulated. Or when your gums are receding and the dentine behind the enamel is exposed leading to pain or discomfort. Other issues could be when you’re brushing too hard, underlying infections, or frequent teeth grinding.
Although these issues might seem undetectable with the naked eye, the moment you feel teeth sensitivity from cold is a tell tale sign that you need to take action – ASAP.
And while you’re at it, try to do these simple 5 dental health tips to protect your teeth from cold.
Observe Proper Hygiene at All Times
As with overall hygiene, proper oral hygiene starts at home. The golden rule is to always brush your teeth after every meal for two minutes. If in case this isn’t possible because you simply can’t bring your toothbrush to work, ensure that you brush your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening before hitting the sack. In addition, squeeze in a daily floss and mouthwash routine in between brushing and you should be good.
Drink Water Frequently
In general, we are required to drink at least 3 litres of water daily. This is to give our bodies the proper hydration from the day’s activities and weather especially during summer. It goes without saying that during the cold season, the same amount of water is duly required to moisten your gums and teeth.
Eat the Right Food
Don’t you ever wonder why kids mostly have rotten teeth? That’s when they eat sugar-laden treats all the time! Bacteria in plaques, when mixed with sugary food, causes enamel decaying. Eating sugary or acidic food isn’t only a bad overall health habit but worse, it’s dangerous to your teeth! So if you want to maintain that beautiful bright smile then it’s best to stick with healthy food like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, white meat, lean beef, or low-fat dairy products.
Stop Bad Habits
Before you bite those nails due to boredom, STOP. End all bad habits as they damage your teeth in the long run. Nail biting, clenching, grinding, chewing ice cubes, constant snacking, using your nails for cutting or breaking something, and the most detrimental habit of all – smoking. These habits can wear the enamel on your teeth causing susceptibility to oral issues and bacteria especially smoking. Smoking builds up plaque and tartar leading to teeth stains and bad breath. That’s not just unhealthy but that’s also downright disgusting.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
If you think the aforementioned tips are enough to protect your teeth and gums from cold, you’re right. However, it doesn’t hurt if you visit the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Your dentist will check for oral health issues and ensure your teeth are in tiptop shape. I don’t know about you but there’s just a refreshing feeling after a good ol’ dental cleaning.
If you insert these easy and effective dental habits to your daily routine, your teeth will surely make every smile happy and dazzling. After all, once you’re used to doing these tips, it becomes more of a habit than an obligation and will become second nature to you. So be smart when it comes to your oral health.
Sarah Brooks, driven by the passion for blogging, loves to write about health care and beauty tips. She is currently working for mycomfortcaredental.com, Idaho’s #1 leader in Sedation Dentistry providing the best service in East Idaho.