Even though the holidays have come and gone and 2012 is upon us, it’s still the dead of winter here in Pennsylvania. Caring for your teeth this time of year can be tricky, so Wilkes Barre cosmetic dentist Dr. James DeFinnis has a few tips for you. Keep these winter dental health tips in mind to keep your smile healthy and dazzling while we wait for spring to bloom.
Smile Tips to Survive a Pennsylvania Winter
- Use chapstick and lips balm to keep your lips hydrated during the cold winter months and prevent cold sores. Also, drink plenty of water to prevent dry mouth and the oral problems that come along with it, including oral thrush and gum disease.
- Even after the holidays are over, it’s fun to enjoy some festive holiday drinks. To protect your teeth and gums from the effects of these drinks, including eggnog, hot chocolate, and holiday lattes, as well as from the effects of acidic and tooth-staining beverages, such as red and white wine, sip on water and snack on cheese and other oily foods once you finish your festive beverage.
- Make an effort to relax before bed by reading, listening to soft music, taking a bath, or doing another activity that you find soothing. The start of a new year means it’s time to go back to work and school, which can present added stress. You’re much more likely to subconsciously grind your teeth and clench your jaw when you sleep, which can result in tooth damage, head and neck pain, and the need for restorative dental work. By taking a few minutes to relax before you say goodnight, you’ll sleep more soundly and comfortably.
- Try to stick to your normal routine, including sleeping, exercising, and eating. Although these habits are not directly related to your dental health, keeping up with your normal routine, despite a busy schedule, will help your body cope better with high stress levels.
- Don’t forget your dental must-haves if you’re traveling. Remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a fluoridated oral rinse. Also, try to drink lots of water and limit your intake of sugar!
We Hope to See You Soon
We are now accepting appointments for the 2012 year, so call our Trucksville, Pennsylvania dentist’s office today at (570) 763-4360 to reserve an appointment that fits into your busy schedule. Don’t let your dental health take a back seat to a busy schedule this year. At Back Mountain Dental, we want to be your one-stop shop for dental health!