Don’t Let Your Oral Health Take The Heat This Summer [BLOG]June 11th, 2017
While you’re out having fun in the hot summer sun, Ascension Premier Dental wants to make sure you’ve taken proper precautions to protect your oral health.
Why would your oral health be under any kind of threat during the summer, you might ask? The truth is that every season is going to have its own set of risks to your teeth and gums. We’re just making sure you’re aware of some of the common dental problems you could run into as you participate in summer activities.
The good news is that you don’t have to let your oral health take the heat for all your summer fun! Here are some helpful tips to protect the smiles of you and everyone in your family.
Drink LOTS Of Water!
We’ve all grown up hearing about drinking eight glasses of water a day. But if you were to dig a little deeper into that advice, you’d probably be surprised to learn that all these years, that truth wasn’t referring to water exclusively. Surprisingly, that advice about eight 8 oz. glasses each day refers to liquid, not just water.
Well, our Geismar dental office wants to set the record straight on two things relating to hydration: drink way more than this outdated recommendation and yes, it should be water! Even beverages in stores that are designed to at least appear like healthier options such as fruit juices and sports drinks are filled with added sugar.
Drink at least 1-2 liters of water, especially when you spend a lot of time outdoors during hot summer months. Staying hydrated isn’t just critical to your body’s ability to function properly, but it’s necessary for your oral health.
Drinking water helps encourage saliva production. Your teeth depend on saliva to wash away debris left behind after you eat, so naturally, if you have dry mouth due to dehydration, that layer of protection isn’t there to protect your enamel.
Another benefit to staying hydrated is that it helps keep your breath fresher longer. Again, without saliva to wash away harmful plaque bacteria, dry mouth becomes a lair for all that bacteria to be fruitful and multiply!
So drink up!
Be Prepared For A Dental Emergency!
During the next few months, you and the kids will be much more involved in outdoor sports and other physical activities. This is great for your health, but it does open the door for possible dental emergencies.
For athletes, we first recommend you schedule an appointment with us for a custom-made mouthguard. This will decrease your chances of a sports-related injury in the first place.
Another thing you should do is save our number in your phone so that if a dental emergency does occur, you don’t have to waste any time looking for it when seconds count. It could save you the time you need to save a knocked out tooth!
Protect Your Teeth From Chlorine!
If you’re a swimmer or if you spend quite a bit of time at the local swimming pool with the kids during summer break, make sure to pack a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste. Yes, chlorine keeps the water safe to swim in so that you and your family don’t get sick from the bacteria in the water. But the acidic pool water can erode your tooth enamel, making you more susceptible to decay, cavities, and even gum disease. Brushing your teeth after a day in the pool will help protect your teeth from erosion.
Use SPF Lip Balm!
Don’t neglect your lips when applying sunscreen this summer. Even if you’re not laying out soaking up the rays, just being outside in general can increase your risk for oral cancer if you don’t protect yourself. Apply an SPF lip balm throughout the day, no matter what your activities!
Snack On Healthy Fruits And Vegetables!
The best option for your teeth when it comes to fruits and veggies is to go for the crunchy stuff! Carrots, celery, and apples, for example, can help scrub your teeth clean as you chomp away. It also promotes saliva production, so you’re doubling the benefits of going the healthy route.
And of course, make sure you stop in over the summer for your dental checkup! Call us at 225-963-5548 or fill out our online form for an appointment. We’re excited to help your teeth and gums remain strong and healthy, this summer and all year long!