We are extremely lucky to reside in the Reno-Tahoe area, especially during the winter! We live in a place where several world-class ski resorts are just a short drive away and perfect pow days are almost perfect reasons to call in for the occasional personal day. We encourage our patients to live life to enjoy all of the great pleasures that life has to offer, whether it’s an extra glass of wine at dinner or getting outside & active while you let us take care of your teeth. But this winter, we still recommend that you take extra care when participating in all of the fun activities that the season offers, whether it be ice skating, snowboarding, sledding, or simply just taking part in a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Here are some precautions you can take to keep your teeth safe this winter:
- One of the easiest things you can do to really protect your teeth is to wear a mouthguard when doing any activity that could potentially harm your pearly whites. Though winter sports are non-contact sports, it is not uncommon for accidents to occur that could cause damage to your teeth. Wearing guard on your run could save your teeth. After all, it only takes one hit!
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water while you’re out having fun! Not only does water wash away sugars and acids that food leaves behind, but it also fights dry mouth which is a huge contributor to tooth decay. Plus, without water, you won’t be performing your best out in the snow anyway!
- We’re all for having a good time, but be smart! Avoid heavily populated areas where you may physically run into someone or something, and be aware of your surroundings. Not only will you keep yourself safe, but everyone around you as well.
- Of course, regular upkeep of your dental health is vital to keeping your teeth healthy all year long. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly, and make sure to come visit us for your regular cleaning and checkup.
Putting forward just a little extra thought to keep your teeth safe this winter can make all of the difference! Most importantly, always make sure to enjoy playing in the snow (or cuddling up inside) this season. Spring will be here before you know it!