The seasons impact just about everything we do – from driving to enjoying time outside, but did you know they can also influence your dental health? If you live in or around the Orange Beach area, you know just how drastic exposure to hot weather and sun and dry days can be.
As the seasons begin to change, it’s a good time to revisit your dental health and understand how seasonal shifts might be putting your teeth at risk.
Here’s what you need to know.
How Weather Affects Teeth and Oral Health
Spring is just around the corner, and that means lots of significant changes. One change in particular, though, might be happening in your mouth. As the temperatures change, many people notice that their teeth have become sensitive to hot and cold.
While this sensitivity is generally caused by underlying factors, such as microscopic fractures in the teeth or weakened enamel, the change in external temperature can exacerbate them. Because of this, people who run or participate in outdoor sports are generally the first to notice these symptoms.
One quick fix? Breath through your nose if you notice new dental sensitivity. You can also use a fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste designed to cater to sensitive teeth.
Here are a few other seasonal risks to be aware of:
Allergies cause the sinuses to swell, which can put pressure on the roots of the teeth. This, in turn, causes pain and discomfort in the mouth. Frequently, this pain centralizes in the upper back teeth.
The easiest way to relieve the pain is to treat the allergies or resultant sinus infection. If that doesn’t work, head to your dentist to rule out a tooth infection or other dental issue.
Humidity can have a significant impact on your teeth, primarily because it causes dehydration. Dehydration reduces the amount of saliva the mouth produces, which can cause a build-up of plaque and other bacteria, which leads to tooth decay. Decreased saliva can also cause bad breath, and often leads to an increase in the consumption of sugary beverages.
Low humidity, likewise, causes the body to pull moisture from the nasal and throat cavities, which leads to bacterial growth that can cause oral health problems.
The best way to deal with humidity-related dental issues is to visit your dentist regularly, stay hydrated, and limit your intake of sugary drinks like soda and sweet tea.
Protect Your Oral Health This Year
Here at Orange Beach Family Dentistry, we know the changing seasons can be tough on your mouth. Luckily, our team is here to help. In addition to following the steps above, swing by and visit our clinic for a check-up or a cleaning this spring. We’re the partner you need to keep your mouth healthy and avoid troublesome seasonal issues.