A glowing smile is the perfect accessory during those icy winter months, but with holiday cookies, warm cups of hot chocolate and plenty of sweet treats, winter can be tough on teeth. The following tips can help you make the most of the winter season without compromising those pearly whites.
Regular brushing is essential to combating short-term and long-term dental problems. Acidic foods and drinks like wine, chocolate and coffee can damage enamel and accelerate wear and tear on teeth. Over-brushing can cause equal amounts of damage to teeth by eroding enamel, so it’s best to brush once in the morning and once at night to keep cavities at bay.
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Keep Tooth Sensitivity in Check
Winter can be the worst season for tooth sensitivity due to colder temperatures and increased consumption of acidic foods and drinks that damage enamel. Using a toothpaste designed specifically to combat sensitivity can make pain a thing of the past and allow you to enjoy your favorite winter flavors all season long.
Floss Your Way to a Great Smile
While regular brushing is key to keeping teeth in tip-top shape, flossing is your secret weapon to a healthy smile. Not only does flossing clean unwanted bacteria from under gums and in between teeth, but it polishes the surface of teeth for a glowing winter smile!
Don’t Forget the Dentist
Perhaps the most important part of winter dental care is regular visits to the dentist. Cleanings and checkups with an oral hygienist can help you identify problems with your teeth, combat pain and boost your confidence with a brighter smile. If you’ve been putting off your seasonal dental visit, book an appointment today!
Dr. Duffield is Available for Appointments All Winter Long!
For more information on how you can keep your smile shining all winter, schedule an appointment at Duffield Dentistry, Royal Oak’s general and cosmetic dental office. Contact us at 877-630-7410 to set up your cleaning with Dr. Duffield, today!