Here are Five “Fun in the Sun” Dental Tips
to Help You Smile All Summer Long!
It’s July and Summer is now in full swing. July, which has 31 days and is the seventh month in the modern calendar, was originally called Quintilis, which means “fifth”. Prior to the advent of the 12-month calendar it was the fifth month. It was renamed in honor of Julius Caesar after his death in 44 BC.
As the weather continues to heat up, there are even more reasons to care for your smile. Enjoy the sunshine, sports, and summery treats without damaging your pearly whites.
FIVE FUN IN THE SUN TIPS
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Substitute sugary sports drinks for water this summer. Water is the healthier option for not only your smile, but for your overall health. Sugary drinks produce acid that causes tooth decay, and can lead to other health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and more. So this summer, be sure to have water handy.
2. Smart Summer Snacking
Popsicles, ice cream, candy, and more! Summer is a time for enjoying the sunshine but also all of the sweet treats that go along with it. However, too many sweets will cause tooth decay or tooth erosion. Switch out the sweets for fresh fruit, veggies, or homemade fruit popsicles. Fruitsicles can be made using any fruit, yogurt, juice, or drink that you decide to combine. A healthy smile is a sign of a healthy lifestyle.
3. Mouth Guards are Your Friend
With sports camps and summer games, it’s a good time to get a new mouth guard. There is a reason that most professional athletes use mouth guards – they help to prevent serious injuries. Whether you are playing frisbee on the beach or enjoying a game of volleyball in the pool, a mouth guard is always a smart decision. While custom fit mouth guards are ideal, there are plenty of inexpensive and customizable mouth guards, just be sure to continue to remake and customize the mouth guard if your child is still losing teeth.
4. Protect Your Lips from UV Rays
Wear plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated! How many times have we all heard that? It’s great advice, but many people forget to apply SPF lip balm when spending time outdoors. Our lips are susceptible to burning, which over time can cause a variety of issues including skin cancer. Take care of your lips with a quick and simple SPF 15 or higher lip balm application.
5. Stick to Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Summer is a busy time. During the summer it’s typical for your routine to fall to the wayside a bit, and that’s okay. That being said, one routine that you cannot afford to compromise on is your oral hygiene routine. No matter what time of year it is, brushing your teeth 2-3 times per day and daily flossing are essential for your overall health and wellbeing.
Now go have some summertime fun, and enjoy all the sunshine and smiles.