Summer is a time for indulgence, which unfortunately is not the time when people are thinking about their oral hygiene. When the days heat up, it’s common for many people to drink cold beverages and eat ice cream while they’re out and about in the sun. Dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych wants to provide a few simple tips to help you enjoy the benefits of the warmer weather without having to worry about your next dental visit.
- Remember That Your Teeth Are Not Tools! Your teeth are meant to be the digestion method of your body and are used to break down food for your stomach. Too many people use their teeth as a substitute for tools, using them to open bottles, wrappers, and chew ice. These types of habits can harm your teeth, resulting in costly repairs.
- Always Wear Mouth Guards During Sports. When playing sports in the summer – even non-contact sports – your dentist Columbia suggests wearing appropriate protection, such as a mouth guard. They are fairly inexpensive and will help protect your teeth against cracking, chipping or damaging your lips, cheeks and/or gums in the event of an accident while you’re engaging in sports.
- Use Moderation When Eating Sweets. An ice cream cone or frosty can of soda are tempting treats on hot summer days, but they contain a large amount of sugars that can result in cavities, plaque and loss of enamel when consumed in large quantities. Bacteria changes the sugar into acids, which can strip away the enamel of your teeth and cause sensitivity.
- Be Sure To Wear Lip Balm With An SPF Of At Least 15. If you wear sunscreen on your face and body when out in the sun, be sure you don’t forget about your lips. Your lips are more susceptible to burning than most parts of your body, and damage to the lips over time can lead to skin cancer.
Summer is a time to enjoy, and practicing self-control in your eating habits will help you maintain good oral hygiene while still enjoying the tasty treats of the season that you crave. We hope you all enjoy your summer!
P.S. Is it time for your next checkup? Why not call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today – while it’s fresh in your mind – to schedule your next appointment?