Winter in Wisconsin comes with its own set of unique challenges, including ones related to oral health. If you have noticed that your teeth seem more sensitive or your mouth dryer during the winter, you are not alone. These are just some of the common problems related to your mouth that you may notice when the weather turns cold.

Canker Sores

Painful little sores on your gums and the insides of your lips may be more common in winter because of the unique food you are enjoying. Cider, cranberry sauce, pie and candy can all cause canker sores. Drink plenty of water when you’re enjoying sweet or spicy foods to help prevent canker sores. To get rid of the sores you already have, swish a salt water mixture around in your mouth, or dab on a canker sore gel.

Dry Mouth

Cold weather can leech the moisture from your mouth, resulting in chapped lips and a persistent parched feeling. Combat dry mouth by drinking plenty of water and avoiding dehydrating habits such as drinking alcohol or smoking. Chewing gum or sucking on a lozenge can also help saliva circulate around your mouth. You can also run a humidifier while you sleep to ensure you are breathing in moisturized air.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is another common winter oral health issue. If your teeth are naturally sensitive to cold, there is little you can do to avoid this problem, but you may be able to mitigate it somewhat with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. However, if you have chronic tooth sensitivity, it may be caused by tooth decay. Pay us a visit to rule out a cavity or other serious problem with your teeth.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity or any other chronic problems with winter oral health, contact Dr. Chris Hutton, periodontist for Racine, WI at 261-510-0414.