Once the long winter months are gone and the temperatures start getting warmer with spring, many of us are excited to enjoy the outdoors. We anticipate the summer months by the pool or deck and cookout with the neighbors and friends, but does warm weather actually harm your mouth?
It may seem like two totally unrelated topics, however, there is plenty of evidence that the weather and your oral health are closely related.
If you have sensitive teeth, the cold weather can affect you and cause pain to any areas where you have weakened enamel. If you are having regular checkups at our office, we will suggest the best treatment for any cavities that need filling or other problems that are causing your tooth to be sensitive to the cold weather.
Millions of Americans suffer from springtime allergies to pollen and other elements found in nature. When your sinuses are congested you can feel pressure on the roots of your upper teeth or jaw and this can cause pain. If there is not another dental problem and your doctor rules it a sinus congestion, taking an over-the-counter decongestant can relieve the toothache.
Allergy medicine can also help with the symptoms of seasonal allergies that can affect your sinuses and put pressure on your teeth. Sprays are a good option because you can apply them directly in the nose.
Winter and Oral Health
When we think about oral issues, we think about problems inside the mouth, but your lips can also suffer from health problems. Winter can be especially rough on your mouth and can cause chapped lips, canker sores and cold sores.
Having regular checkups can prevent many oral health issues, but if you are affected by changes in the weather, let us know, so we can suggest how to manage any pain and discomfort this may cause.