Summer is one week away, but it feels like it’s already here. Longer days filled with sunshine are what make the season. Maybe you’re out of school for three months, maybe you have children on vacation, or maybe you’re somewhere in between. No matter what stage of life you’re in, hopefully you have plans to be outside as much as possible. While you’re out there enjoying mother nature, here are a few things to keep in mind so that your teeth don’t get hijacked by the season.
If you’re a sports enthusiast out enjoying baseball, a soccer match, or hitting the trails with your bike, don’t forget the importance of a mouthguard. Did you know that mouthguards not only help prevent damage to teeth, but also protect jaw and surrounding bone and tissue from damage? Pharmacies and sports retail stores sell inexpensive versions that form to fit your mouth. Not sure what brand to buy? Give us a call and we’ll give you some tips.
Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or reading on the sand, few things are as important for your body in the summer as adequate hydration. When it’s time to reach for a cold one, choose water to quench your thirst. Water promotes saliva which helps rinse out bacteria that causes decay.
Make sure kids (and adults) adhere to the “pool rules.” According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), many summer oral injuries are due to a pool accident. Running on slippery pool decks, diving into shallow waters, or bumping the pool ledge with their mouth causes many children to either chip or knock a tooth loose.
If you’re planning to travel, take a dental first aid kit. These can be found at most drugstores. Prefer to make your own? Essentials for this kit, according to the AGD, are a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen, and your dentist’s contact information.
No matter how you’re planning on enjoying your summer, please do it safely. We wish you a happy and healthy summer season of smiles.