As the weather changes and temperatures get colder, the way you care for your body should change with it. This includes your mouth, as good oral health is essential to keeping the rest of your body healthy. When winter sets in, don’t find yourself fighting mouth pain or discomfort on top of the cold – fix your habits to include the following things that keep your mouth happy and healthy in the winter.

1. Be Vigilant About Washing Hands

This may seem like a no brainer, but you may be surprised at how many germs enter your mouth through your hands. Every time you touch your food or your toothbrush, you transfer bacteria and germs you’ve come into contact with throughout the day. Always wash your hands before you eat or brush to ensure that you are keeping germs at bay.

2. Drink More Water

Whether it’s raining or the snow is falling, now is the time to stay hydrated. While water is important during all seasons, it also helps to dilute sugar in your food and keeps the mouth clean by flushing bacteria out. Hydration also keeps your energy levels high and your immune system strong to fight off infection, particularly during a season that is known for illness.

3. Keep Your Toothbrush Dry

Allow your toothbrush to air dry each time you use it, and pay particular attention to drying it anytime you pack it to travel. A wet toothbrush is the perfect environment for bacteria to grow, and the last thing your mouth needs is a new way to introduce germs.

4. Keep Your Breakfast Healthy

Start every day off with a good, healthy breakfast. Foods that are good for your teeth include yogurt, eggs, fresh fruit and cereal with calcium. Stay away from baked goods or sugary cereals that may weaken your teeth.

Keep Up With the Basics

While you are using these tips, keep up with your regular routine of brushing twice a day, flossing at night and getting a professional cleaning every six months. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our periodontists in Nashville and Brentwood, TN, call Nashville Periodontal Group today at 615-651-6123.