While the Miami temperatures don’t typically get too cold, and many people choose the location for its balmy weather, there are special ways to care for your teeth during the winter season. Because your oral health affects the rest of your body, caring for your teeth adequately may also mean you are healthier and have more energy. When the temperatures dip and the holidays roll around, try the following tips to keep your mouth healthy and happy.

Keep Your Hands Clean

Bacteria from the hands can be transferred fairly easily to the mouth, as you use your hands to eat, floss and brush your teeth. During the holidays, you may come into contact with more germs than normal, so washing your hands regularly is essential to keeping your mouth healthy.

Always wash your hands before eating, whether you’re at home or at public. Before you brush or floss, give them a quick rinse to remove any bacteria that may find a home in your mouth.

Keep the Body Hydrated

Hydration is always a good idea, but many don’t give it as much importance in the winter. Staying hydrated will keep your energy levels up and improve your immune system to help you fight off illnesses that are common to the winter months. Water also dilutes sugar that may eat at the teeth over time.

Balanced Meals

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and that applies to your teeth too. Eat foods that are good for the teeth like eggs, cereal with calcium, fresh fruit or yogurt. Stay away from pastries, baked goods or sugary cereals that may chip away at your teeth over time.

Pay Attention to Your Toothbrush

Winter is a time for travel, and how you pack your toothbrush can make a big difference. Always dry your toothbrush before packing it so it isn’t a prime place to harbor bacteria. After brushing, allow your toothbrush to air dry before putting it away.

A Happy, Healthy Mouth

If you have problems with your teeth or gums in the winter, schedule an appointment with our periodontists in Miami, FL for successful solutions that allow you to enjoy the season. Call Dr. Ross’s office at 305-504-2682 to schedule an appointment.