During summer your focus is on having fun, family time, and going on vacations. You probably won’t spend a lot of time thinking about your teeth.
But, some summer activities can put your teeth at risk:
Swimming in chlorinated pools – the acidity of swimming pool water can eat away at your tooth enamel. Protect your teeth by rinsing with water throughout the day and after swimming. Do not brush your teeth within an hour of pool time as the enamel may still be vulnerable.
Drinking sodas, lemonade, and any sweet or acidic drinks – if you must have them, try drinking through a straw to limit the impact on your teeth. Rinsing with water after your drink can also help.
Not drinking enough water – having a dry mouth can contribute to cavities. It is important for both your health and your teeth to be sure to drink enough water and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Eating candy and sweet treats – Sticky candies get stuck on your teeth and hard candies soak them in sugar for a long time. The solution is to brush and floss after eating them. If that is not possible, rinse with water or chew sugarless gum.
Forgetting sun protection for your lips – using lip balm with SPF 15 or more can protect your lips from sun damage and skin cancer. They are very vulnerable because the skin on your lips is thinner and exposed to the sun year round.
We encourage you to take special care to protect your smile during the summer. Brushing and flossing daily are just as important while you are on vacation.
And, for many of you, summer will be the perfect time to catch up on any delayed dental appointments.
We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your summer fun!
Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613