This summer, along with shielding your skin, you should also think about safeguarding your teeth. Here, we’ll show you 5 ways that you can protect your teeth this summer.
1. Keep Your Summer Diet in Check
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth this summer is by eating sugary foods in moderation. Summertime is full of delicious sweet treats like popsicles and ice cream, and it’s fine to indulge, but be careful how much you’re eating because the sugars in these treats can turn into acids that will feed off of your tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. So if you are indulging, be sure to drink water to wash away the sugar and brush your teeth thoroughly.
2. Stay Hydrated
Summertime means heat and that means you need to stay hydrated. You probably already know how important hydration is for your body, but did you know that it’s also really important for your teeth? When your mouth gets dry, you produce less saliva, which is vital to your oral health. Saliva helps to wash out your teeth in order to dislodge food particles and also works to remineralize your enamel. Stay hydrated this summer so that your salivary flow is good and your teeth are protected.
3. Don’t Use Your Mouth As a Bottle Opener
Looking forward to cracking open a cold bottle at backyard barbecues this summer? We’re all good with that as long as you don’t use your mouth as a bottle opener. What may seem like a cool party trick is actually a really bad idea for your teeth. By using your teeth to open a bottle, you can actually cause micro fractures in your teeth in addition to bigger issues like a cracked or chipped tooth. In the end it’s just not worth it, so be sure to use a regular bottle opener when enjoying a cold beverage this summer.
4. Wear a Mouthguard When Playing Sports
If you’re going to be playing a lot of sports this summer, be sure to get yourself a good mouthguard. Mouthguards will protect your mouth, face, teeth, and jaw against any sports related injuries or accidents such as mouth lacerations, broken teeth, fractured teeth, chipped teeth, knocked out teeth, and even jaw displacement or jaw fractures. So whether you’re hitting the courts or the fields, be sure to wear your mouthguard this summer.
5. Protect Your Lips
When you’re lathering sunscreen all over your body, don’t forget your lips! It’s easy to forget about our lips, but they are just as susceptible to UV rays and sunburns. Be sure to use a lip balm that has SPF in it, preferably 15 of higher, when you’re outside in the sun.
Contact us if you have any other questions about ways to protect your teeth and lips, or to schedule an appointment!