The cold winter and dry air wreak havoc on the skin. However, did you know that these weather conditions can also cause dental problems? Being aware of these winter dental woes and how to combat them will help keep your mouth healthy in the cold. Also, you can avoid the tooth pain and increased sensitivity which many experience in the winter time.
Why you need to visit your Toronto dentist in winter?
1. Avoid the crowd and long queue
The winter is a great time to schedule a dental appointment! Summertime means that there will be an influx of parents taking their children in for a check up, especially during the back-to-school season. Many college students might make appointments during spring break, but the longer winter break means that the appointment times won’t be as concentrated. We recommend that you come in now to ensure your dental health all year long––without the wait!
2. Getting sick affects your teeth, too
Maybe you were unlucky enough to catch a cold or flu. Cough syrups, cough drops, and other remedies contain high amounts of high fructose corn syrup or other sugars. These can have a negative impact on the teeth, especially if you are not flossing and brushing regularly. Other drugs may contain citric acid or alcohol, which attack the enamel of your teeth. Additionally, it’s important to switch out your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. You don’t want to reinfect yourself!
3. To Fight the harsh winter
The cold weather and lack of sunlight that accompany winter can be tough for the best of us. As many as 20% of Americans, especially those in Northern climates, can be afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder. This form of depression arises during the winter season and may make it hard to perform even basic oral hygiene activities. Depression is highly correlated with poor dental health, so it’s important to try to maintain oral hygiene all year long.
4. Prepare for spring
Winter means that many of us are huddled up in our homes, whether we are enjoying the heater or a toasty fireplace. Fewer outings are planned, which means more free time. It’s a good idea to schedule a winter dentist appointment to get out of the house and to take advantage of these more idle months. Springtime consists of spring cleaning, gardening, chaperoning the kids’ sports and other activities, so be sure to schedule your appointment now before things get too busy!
If you need one of your regular dental checkups, December is just the right time. Book your appointment and visit Midtown Dental Centre this winter! Call us at (647) 930-0068 to schedule!