The holidays are a time for celebration and spending time with friends and family, but it can also be a time when your regular brushing and flossing schedule is neglected as you take part in all your favorite activities. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth in Fairfax, VA, take these actions to help alleviate the problem and come see Dr. J. Alexander Withers.

Be Mindful of the Cold Weather

When things start to get cold, it can be an especially troublesome time for oral health. When walking outside and hitting that cold air, you may experience pain, aching, or extreme sensitivity in your teeth. This may be a sign of sensitivity to cold temperatures, or something more serious such as a fracture or deterioration of the tooth dentin. You should immediately schedule an appointment with your periodontist.

Additionally, it is easier to neglect getting all the fluids you need when it is cold. This leads to dry mouth, which can lead to increase in bacteria or accumulation of food particles.

Practice Good Holiday Habits

In addition to the cold weather, there are several bad habits that many people fall into when the holidays roll around.

• Holiday treats – The number of sugary treats that we enjoy this time of year usually increases. Try to avoid overdoing it.
• Neglecting brushing – When rushing around setting everything up for your festivities, do not put off your regular brushing and flossing routine.
• Traveling – If you are traveling to see family and friends, be careful about how you pack your toothbrush. It could foster the growth of bacteria. You may consider simply buying a disposable toothbrush for your trip.

The holidays are a time to spend with those you love, so do not let oral problems take you away from your friends.

Come in Today

Take the time to come in and see your dental professional. Make sure that your teeth are in good condition as the holidays approach. Call Dr. Withers at 703-997-5740.