It may surprise you to know that some of your favorite summer activities can put your family’s teeth at risk. Here are some ways you can take extra care of your teeth and keep them safe.
Check Pool Water PH Before Swimming: Have you ever jumped in a pool that smelled like chemicals or burned your eyes? These are common signs the pool water is too acidic. These high levels of acidity are hard on your teeth too and can damage your tooth enamel.
Avoid Drinking Sodas, Lemonade and Other Sweet or Acidic Drinks: Once again the issue is high levels of acidity, which can be even worse when the drinks are carbonated. If you must have them, you can rinse your teeth with water afterwards to help keep your teeth safe.
Stay Hydrated: There are obvious health reasons for drinking enough water, but not doing so can impact your teeth as well. Having a dry mouth can contribute to cavities and we know that is something you don’t want for you or your children. Make sure everyone is drinking enough fresh water throughout your summer days.
Remember to Protect Your Lips from the Sun: The skin on your lips is extra thin and exposed to the sun year round making them a target for sun damage or skin cancer. We recommend using a lip product with sunscreen of at least SPF 15 year round.
Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss on Vacation: It’s easy for you and your family to get caught up in the excitement of a vacation holiday or play hard all day and be so tired you fall asleep before brushing and flossing. Taking care of your teeth is just as important when you are on vacation, especially if you are drinking sodas or eating more sweets.
And, for many of you, summer will be the perfect time to catch up on any delayed dental appointments. Give us a call to schedule today.
We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing all about your summer fun!
KN Dentistry – Orange, CA – (714) 633-2562