Oral Health Tips for Fall

The arrival of Fall signals a number of changes that will come in the next few months. We are deciding how to help children enjoy Halloween in a COVID19 world. We will soon transition from daylight saving time to standard time. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing, and we are preparing our homes for the winter.fall foods - pixabay cco free - thanksgiving-2828718 640

The fall season is also associated with a number of oral health considerations. Let’s take a look at some of the things we need to consider during the fall months.

  1. It’s a good time to replace your toothbrush.
  2. It’s a great time to be certain that you understand your dental insurance coverage (if you have insurance). Have you used all of the allowed benefits for the current year? It is often a good idea to ensure that you deal with any dental problems so that you will have the full benefit available to you in the new year.
  3. Make end-of-year dental appointments for your family.
  4. Fall brings aching joints to many people. Some of you may experience jaw pain. Your jaw has a joint – temporomandibular – that may need attention. Your dentist can help you manage this pain.
  5. Turning on the heat in our homes causes dryness in the air. Dryer air contributes to dry mouth. Your dentist can help you understand, treat, and manage your dry mouth.
  6. The autumn season offers children abundant opportunities to enjoy a huge amount of candy and sugary treats. Parents will need to manage their sugar consumption. This is also a good time to reinforce dental hygiene habits.
  7. Sensitive teeth tend to become more sensitive in the fall. Sensitivity can signal cracked or broken teeth, receding gums, and damage to the enamel of the teeth. Identifying these issues is a great reason to see your dentist before the end of the year.
  8. Cooling temperatures make hot beverages more popular. Avoiding tooth darkening includes control of the beverages that will stain your teeth. These include coffee, tea (especially black tea), red wine, and dishes made with red tomato sauce. Keep in mind that anything that will stain a white tee-shirt can also stain your teeth. If you are concerned about the darkening of teeth, discuss it with your dentist. She can help you to evaluate the available options and decide what is best for you.
  9. Your diet also contributes to your oral health. Some foods are good for your teeth. These include dairy products (they provide calcium, phosphates, and Vitamin D), fiber-rich fruits ad vegetables (apples, carrots, celery) that stimulate saliva production to protect your teeth from decay.

These tips will not work magic, but they will put you on the right path for oral health in the fall and in the winter.