With the year just starting to really hot up there are few things to consider in relation to the general family dental health.
Summer could provide opportunities for more balanced diet and outdoor physical activities.
The following points can be discussed in relation to summer time and its relation to the general dental health
When it comes to your oral health, sugar is the main cause of tooth decay. In summer the consumption of soft drinks goes up. Those drinks are one of the worst offender, especially if you sip on one over the course of a hot day. Water is really the only choice to keep you hydrated and refreshed on the long summer days and it does no damage to your mouth at all.
Keep Up That Oral Hygiene:
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily is as important in the summer as it is in any other season. But with vacations, camp and lots of days spent at the pool, don’t be surprised if you frequently need to remind your kids to brush and floss.
In summer cold drinks and ice-cream treats are a great wayto cool down on a hot day. However, if you suffer fromsensitive teeth such treat can be painful. If you suffer from sensitive teeth you could opt for a toothpaste for sensitive teeth which can help limit the pain. If you have sensitive teeth, perhaps an ice-cream isn’t the way to go. Try some healthy alternatives like fresh fruit and vegetables.
Approximately one billion people around the world are estimated to be vitamin D deficient and as we get almost all of our intake through sunlight there is no excuse not to soak up some rays this summer in the search for healthier gums.
Vitamin D help boosting the immune system and keep bones and teeth healthy. So, by going out in the sun you are helping to maintain your dental health.
Sun & Lips:
There are many dangers of being in the sun too long and these are well documented. To stay safe, you should always use the appropriate factor sunscreen and don’t forget to protect your lips too as this is an area many people forget. The skin on your lips is very thin and easily prone to sun burn which can lead to some forms of oral cancer. Protect yourself with a sunscreen made especially for your lips and make sure to apply regularly.
Outdoor activates like swimming, cycling and riding are more common in summer. But with many summer sports, there is always a danger of something going wrong and you could end up cracking or losing a tooth. Wearing a bite guard/mouthguard can help reduce this risk and keep your smile safe all summer long. Please also contact our cosmetic dentist with any dental emergency.
You can always use the summer time for your routine dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning. This will help preventing dental problems and ensure the health of your teeth and gum.
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