Winter is here, and for those of us with braces or aligners, it can bring some unique challenges to our oral care routine. Cold weather, dry air, and seasonal treats can all make it more difficult to keep our teeth and braces clean. But with a little extra care and attention, we can ensure that our treatment stays on track and our teeth stay healthy during the winter months.
One of the biggest challenges of winter is dry air. Heating systems can dry out the inside of our homes, which can lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth can make it harder for us to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acids in our mouths that cause tooth decay. To combat dry mouth, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home.
Another challenge that winter brings is the temptation to indulge in sugary treats and comfort foods. With social gatherings, it can be hard to resist the call of cookies and sweets. But it’s important to remember that sugar is the enemy of healthy teeth, especially when you have braces or aligners. Try to limit your intake of sugary foods, and if you do indulge, be sure to brush and floss thoroughly afterwards.
It is also important to be extra diligent about oral hygiene during the winter months. Braces and aligners can make it harder to clean our teeth properly, so it’s essential to brush and floss thoroughly after every meal. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth, including the brackets and wires of your braces. Interdental brush or Waterpik can also be a great addition to your oral hygiene routine.
It’s also a good idea to stay on top of your orthodontic appointments during the winter months. Dr. Walt and Dr. Grossman can check for any potential issues and make any necessary adjustments to your braces or aligners. This can help to ensure that your treatment stays on track and that any problems are caught and addressed early on.
Winter can bring some unique challenges to our oral care routine, but with a little extra care and attention, our Walt Orthodontics team in Vaughan can ensure that our treatment stays on track and our teeth stay healthy during the winter months. Be sure to drink plenty of water, limit your intake of sugary foods, and be extra diligent about oral hygiene. And don’t forget to stay on top of your orthodontic appointments to ensure that your treatment stays on track. With the right care, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile throughout the winter and beyond!