Summer invites us to step outside, enjoy the sun, gather around the pool, and eat delicious foods like grilled veggies and barbecue ribs.
But just as every season gives us unique reasons to celebrate, each will also bring unique risks to our oral health.
So your friendly dentists in Lexington, KY are here to help you get the most out of your season of fun in the sun without hurting your healthy smile! Here are three tips to keep in mind:
#1 – Stay Hydrated
It’s important for your overall health to always drink plenty of water, but there’s no time of year where this tip is more important than in the hot summer months. When you’re outside, whether you’re being active or simply lying out by the pool, you’re bound to sweat much more than you normally do.
So you may need to up your daily water intake to avoid dehydration and dry mouth. Your teeth and gums rely on the bacteria-fighting power of your saliva, but production will certainly slow down if you’re not getting enough water. Carry bottled water with you throughout the day so you don’t become too distracted by all the fun that you forget to keep sipping!
#2 – Beware Acidic Drinks
Sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and even cocktails by the pool may be refreshing in the moment, but all of these beverages can be highly acidic, which can wear away your tooth enamel and make your teeth more vulnerable to decay and damage.
You don’t have to stay away from cool summer drinks, but practicing moderation is best for your smile. In fact, drink a glass of water between those seasonal acidic treats.
#3 – Fix Dental Problems Before You Travel
If you’re planning a family vacation, the last thing you might be thinking about is a dental appointment.
But any problem you might have with your teeth will only get worse, and you don’t want to be out of town, away from your family dentist, when that happens.
So be sure to get that cavity filled or address that toothache before you travel. Not only will this allow you to have peace of mind before you leave, but you’ll be able to chew your food comfortably and smile for photos confidently during your summer vacation.
As always, we’ll be here for you all season long to help you protect your best feature – your bright, healthy smile! Call Beaumont Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment or visit us online.