Whether it is a balmy summer day or a frigid winter evening, the care of your teeth is important in seasonal weather. Flu and cold season can affect your teeth, as well as allergies in the spring and fall. Here are some ways to care for your teeth and gums in evolving seasons.
1) Fall & Winter – you know the feeling of being underwater, sinus pressure, and the never-ending, relentless runny nose, but did you also know your mouth is affected by you being ill. Chewing on sugarless cough drops, drinking more water, and being aware of medication side effects can help your oral health.
Also, an unfortunate effect of the stomach flu is vomiting, which can create acid on your teeth. You may feel like brushing right after, but it may be better to wait, so you do not spread the acid all over the enamel. Instead, swish with some water, half mouth rinse and water, or water and about a teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize the acid.
2) Spring & Summer- if you suffer from allergies, you may be constantly sneezing and therefore, take allergy medication; because of this, the drug could cause dry mouth, which can prevent saliva from washing out your mouth. Our dentist, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins, may recommend using a prescription mouth wash or rinse to help get the saliva going. Also, try switching to an allergy nose spray to reduces systemic side effects. Swim season is refreshing, but the heat can dry out your mouth and swimming can result in getting chlorinated water in your mouth and on your teeth, so ensure you rinse your mouth with clean water after your swim.
We welcome you to call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at 281-488-4242 to learn more about how to care for your teeth in seasonal weather, in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas, today!