Summer is a time for indulgence which unfortunately is not the best time for your oral hygiene. With the heat of summer, it is common for many people to drink cold beverages and eat ice cream as well as being out and about in the sun. But don’t cut out the good parts of your summer, we want to provide a few simple tips to enjoy the benefits of the good weather without having to worry about your next dental visit. Here are 4 tips to help you enjoy summer without hurting your oral health while doing so.
Teeth are not tools!
Avoid opening cans, bottles, bags, etcetera with your teeth! This bad habit can create hairline fractures, diminish the integrity of your enamel and teeth and cause tooth cracking or even loss. Also, avoid chewing ice.
Protect your mouth during sports.
With summer sports starting up, keep safety is a number one priority! Wearing a mouth guard is an inexpensive and easy way to prevent injuries to your teeth and mouth.
Don’t overindulge in sweets.
Nothing says summer like an ice-cold cola or sweet ice cream cone, right? But these products can mean trouble for your oral health. Eat and drink sugary snacks and drinks in moderation and try to focus consumption in a meal rather than throughout the day or slowly so you can brush immediately after.
Use lip balm with an SPF no less than 15.
Most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen in the summer to protect us from the harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer. But sometimes our lips are forgotten. A couple swipes of a lip balm with an SPF every few hours can go a long way when it comes to protecting your lips from sunburn.
Remember, summer is a time to enjoy. Using moderation in your eating habits can allow you to maintain good oral hygiene while still enjoying the tasty treats you desire. Summer is a time for fun in the sun! And by keeping these four tips in mind, you can maximize that fun without guilt or throwing your health to the wayside.