School is Out, the Sun is up, and the good times are here. With the fun in the sun comes the need to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Check out our tips below to explore how to maintain your oral health this summer.
Use Your Hands Instead of Your Mouth
We didn’t think we would have to say it, but use your hands to open bags, bottles, or wrappers. Too many people come into our office with chipped teeth after using their mouth to get into things their hands could open. Use your teeth for what they do best, chewing food and flashing smiles.
Protect Your Lips from UV Rays
Everyone knows they should wear sunscreen to keep their skin safe when the hot summer sun beats down. Less time is spent discussing the need to keep your lips safe. Use at least SPF 15 lip balm to keep your lips luscious instead of cracked.
Take it Easy on the Sweets
The relaxing time during the summer break is when many people break out the candy, baked goods, and other sweets. It’s so easy to chill out with a bag of goodies and find it empty before you know it. Enjoy yourself, but remember to keep it balanced. Having too much sugar is one of the quickest ways to raise the chances of gum disease and tooth decay. After having a sweet splurge, make sure to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth out with water.
Keep Up Your Oral Health by Staying Hydrated
Drinking water has so many health benefits from preventing headaches to helping you manage food cravings and overeating. Especially in summer, drinking more water can help flush away plaque that causes bad breath and would have led to gum disease.
Swimming Pool Worries
Going for a swim during summer makes for a great break in the heat. But beware of the heavily chlorinated pools as the chemical can weaken your teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth after a dip in the pool to protect your teeth.
Over the years, the dental experts at Signature Smiles Dental have seen many summer related teeth and mouth injuries. Give us a call today at (248) 557-5756 to schedule your next appointment with one of our experienced dentists.