When the weather turns cold and the air is dry, it can become more difficult to take good care of your oral health. If you already have issues with sensitive teeth in Sterling and Gainesville, VA, it is especially important to be vigilant about your oral care and to visit a periodontist if you have periodontal issues that have not yet been treated. Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche and Dr. Justin Hardison offer these five simple tips that will help you keep bacteria at bay and avoid tooth sensitivity throughout the winter season.

1. Avoid Sugary Foods

This may seem like an impossible task during the holidays, but try to avoid overindulging in sugary food and drinks. If you do eat a slice of pie or sip some apple cider, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards in order to dilute the sugar and clean off your teeth and gums.

2. Wash Your Hands

This may seem like an obvious requirement for good health, but sometimes people avoid washing their hands during the winter because it can exacerbate already dry skin. If you suffer from dry, cracked skin during the winter, continue washing your hands in order to avoid introducing bacteria into the mouth. Dry skin can be combatted by applying a high-quality lotion after each wash.

3. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

If you have sensitive teeth, you already know how uncomfortable winter air can make them. Using a desensitizing toothpaste can help keep irritation at bay. You can also improve your oral comfort by avoiding foods with extreme temperatures.

4. Use Mouth Rinse

Regularly using an alcohol-free mouth rinse during the winter can help keep bacteria at bay and may help combat canker sores and tooth sensitivity.

5. Replace Your Toothbrush

Replace your toothbrush regularly, especially if you have used it while being sick.

While these five tips can help you avoid tooth sensitivity during the winter, it is equally important to visit Dr. Kharmouche and Dr. Hardison if you have unresolved periodontal issues. Schedule an appointment today by calling (703) 951-6756.