How to Have a Healthy Mouth This Winter

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Winter weather only affects your skin, but also your oral health. Common problems include:

Chapped Lips

When your lips are exposed to wind and cold, it can damage the delicate skin. Make sure you use a daily lip balm with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply it frequently and make sure you are well hydrated.

Cold Sores

Winter sun can be harsh and may cause cold sores. Make sure the skin around your mouth is protected and choose products with an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Ensure your hands are clean as otherwise, you can spread the viral bacteria that cause cold sores. If you can, try to reduce any stress because it has been linked to cold sores.

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers can be painful and are often exacerbated by eating acidic foods. If you’ve noticed you are getting canker sores more frequently, it might be time to reassess your diet. Otherwise, try rinsing your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in half a cup of water. This will help the sores to heal more quickly.

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