Helpful Tips for Healthy Teeth This Summer
What comes to mind when you think of summer? We think of enjoying the long days with family, cookouts with friends, swimming, and most importantly, we think of fun and relaxation! During the fun and relaxing summer days, it is important to remember to maintain your oral health. We want to help you avoid a dental emergency that may occur if you are not careful this summer. We wanted to share some important reminders to keep you with perfect oral health this summer.
Swimming Pool Concerns
You might be surprised to learn that swimming in a pool this summer can have an effect on your smile. When swimming in a pool for a long period of time, you need to be mindful of the chemicals on your teeth. Many people have a habit of putting pool water in their mouth when swimming. Prolonged exposure to chlorine and pH chemicals found in pool water can begin to cause the enamel of your teeth to break down. We also suggest being careful when swimming with your eyes closed in the water. If you are not familiar with your surroundings, it is possible to swim into the side of the pool face first and cause damage to your front teeth.
Keep Your Teeth Clean
Long summer days lead to exhaustion before bedtime. It is easy to dismiss your typical nighttime oral hygiene routine. We encourage our patients to take a few minutes before bed and thoroughly brush teeth and floss as usual. Slacking on your oral hygiene during the summer months can lead to a fall with dental decay and needed dental treatments.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Teeth
Summer is a time for plenty of fun in the sun. This includes plenty of time for playing sports, riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Although you might not realize, it is important to protect your teeth when playing this summer. A slight mishap while playing sports or even riding a bike or scooter can cause severe damage to your mouth.
If you should have a dental emergency this summer, we encourage you to call our office located in Burton, MI as soon as possible to ensure that we can help you with your dental needs. We hope that you have a safe and relaxing summer!