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How Winter Takes a Toll on Your Oral Health | Overland Park Family Dentist

Winter here in the Kansas City area can be long, dark, and often very, very cold. Fortunately there are plenty of holidays to help break up the monotony of the long winter nights, but with those holidays come lots of opportunities to indulge in delicious but not necessarily healthy food and drink. After all, we instinctively tend to eat more during the cold, dark winter months, but eating all those candies, cookies, and pies can have a negative impact on our oral health.

Here in Kansas, the cool weather tends to set in around October (just in time for Halloween and all that candy) and stick around, sometimes lasting as long as the end of March. That’s a lot of cold, dark nights, and it’s easy to chase away the wintertime blues by over indulging in sweet treats. It doesn’t help that this is the best time of year to buy Topsy’s popcorn tins or Russell Stover Candy assortments, not to mention an ideal time to bake plenty of cookies, pies, and cakes!

So what can you do to help combat the negative effects those changes in your diet can have on your oral health? Well, the first and most important thing to do is to take care of your teeth by making sure that you keep brushing and flossing regularly, as well as making an appointment to go see your Overland Park dentist!

It’s also a good idea to try to reduce your intake of sugary snacks. You don’t have to abstain completely, but maybe just try to limit yourself to one cookie instead of a handful. A good way to do that is to keep an eye on what you have within reach, and don’t have a lot of excess goodies on hand. If you baked more than you think you should eat, give them away as gifts or have a get-together to let friends and family take some of them off your hands!

Now that the New Year has rolled around, we’re all probably trying to keep up that New Year’s resolution to watch what we eat anyway, so this is a great time to start being a little more careful with sugary snacks. And don’t think that you’re off the hook just because the holidays are over! Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and that’s around the same time that Girl Scout Cookies go on sale! So there’s no better time than the present to start practicing a little forbearance.

Caring for your oral health during the winter months is about more than just turning down that extra slice of pie, though. According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, foods that are acidic or spicy can be triggers for canker sores, and everyone in Overland Park knows that the cold, dry winds that we get in Kansas during the winter can leave us with chapped lips, sensitive teeth, and, for some, cold sores.

So whatever your oral health concerns are this winter, it’s a great time to schedule an appointment to speak with your Overland Park dentist at Watts Family Dental! Just give us a call at (913) 338-3384 to schedule an appointment or ask a member of our staff about more information on taking care of your teeth and gums this winter!

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