You have been waiting around all year for summer to arrive. You have all sorts of fun activities planned. Whether you are just looking forward to a few lazy days at home, meeting with friends and family, or heading out for a beach vacation, you’re going to make some beautiful memories. However, not all summer activities are great for your smile. Here are a few that you should be wary of so you don’t end up with a dental emergency.
It’s getting hotter outside, and this means that you probably have the urge to drink more ice-cold liquids in order to keep cool. Your shopping list will include things like lemonade, sweet tea, and soda, and you might even squeeze in frozen beverages like margaritas or pina coladas on the weekend. The problem is that these types of drinks contain lots of sugar that the bacteria in your mouth feed off. Water is the best thing for you to drink. If you want to have something else, you should rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.
Summer is the perfect time to indulge in a popsicle, slushy, and ice cream so you can cool off. However, colder treats can cause you to experience pain if you have teeth that are sensitive. Tooth sensitivity can be cause by a variety of things, including cavities, fractures, or exposed tooth roots. In order to prevent these issues, be sure that you are always using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing gently. Avoid foods and beverages that are highly acidic because they can also increase sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth, mention it to your dentist so you can come up with a solution.
Do you like to swim in your pool or the local neighborhood pool? Improper pH levels can damage your tooth enamel. Take the time to check your pool’s pH levels with test strips to ensure that they are between 7.2 and 7.8.
It’s crucial for your health that you spend time in the sun and stay active. During the summer months, outdoor sports are a great way to do this. The problem is that they can put you at risk for dental injuries. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you need to stay on the sidelines. Ask your dentist about custom-made mouthguards so you can keep your smile safe while you’re on the field.
No one wants to experience a dental emergency. By taking precautions, you can keep your smile safe and enjoy your summer without spending extra time in the dental chair!
About the Practice
At Brookwood Dental Associates, there is a team of several skilled dentists working together under one roof. With their combined skills and expertise, patients can get pretty much anything they need in one convenient location. For more ways to protect your smile or to schedule an appointment at their office in Lansdale, visit their website or call (215) 368-2424.