Fun in the sun should be somewhere on your to-do list over the next few months. We’re lucky enough to enjoy warm weather throughout most of the year here in the good state of Texas. But it’s important to point out that certain activities that are associated with the summer months happen at this particular time of year when the kids are out of school and families are enjoying more time together outside.
As much fun as summer can be, this season does present certain threats to your oral health. At Cosmetic Dental Associates, we specialize in creating beautiful, healthy smiles. Naturally, we feel we have a responsibility to help you achieve this outside of our San Antonio dental office, because your best health is a team effort!
So let’s talk about how this season can affect your teeth and gums.
Summer Gives You Many Reasons To Smile!
We have many reasons to look forward to summertime. You might have family vacation plans in the works, weekends spent at the beach or the local swimming pool, evenings spent at your favorite sporting events, drive-ins, or neighborhood cookouts.
It’s a fun and exciting time of year, so of course, we anticipate the season quite a bit.
So How Do You Keep Your Smile Safe This Summer?
Our San Antonio dental office wants you to keep some things in mind while you’re soaking up the sun with family and friends this summer. Here are some ways to keep your smile healthy!
Prevent Dry Mouth With Plenty Of Water!
There’s no doubt we all know how important it is to stay well-hydrated. And this, of course, is true every day of the year. But during the hot summer months, in particular, there’s a greater risk for dehydration just because you sweat more, are outside more, and are generally more active.
So we can agree that you should drink plenty of water. But what does this have to do with your smile or your oral health? It has to do with the risk for dry mouth and the way it hinders your natural saliva production.
Saliva protects your tooth enamel from erosion, and your teeth overall from stains, cavities, and decay. It does this by shielding your enamel with it’s protective layer of slippery coating to keep bad things from sticking, acids from eating, and it washes away food debris.
The point is to remember to drink lots of water all throughout the day to promote adequate saliva production for the good of your teeth and gums.
Smart Snacking For Healthy Teeth!
The summer activities that we mentioned before also involve a lot of snacking. You’re outside exercising or playing a sport and reach for that sugary sports drink. You’re stocking your beach bag full of convenient foods like chips, pretzels, and crackers.
But we suggest you take a healthy approach for the sake of your smile. Cut up celery and carrot sticks and throw in some apples and hard cheeses. These foods in particular are great for your teeth not only from a nutritional standpoint, but they also scrub your teeth clean as you eat them.
So be smart about your snacking by planning ahead so you won’t be tempted to reach for processed, sugar packed convenience foods and drinks. And don’t forget to pack bottles of water!
Prevent Dental Emergencies With An Athletic Mouthguard!
You can’t avoid dental emergencies entirely, as much as you’d like to. But you can reduce your risk of oral injury by getting a custom-fit athletic mouthguard from Cosmetic Dental Associates. This can protect your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth while you’re staying active this summer.
Visit Cosmetic Dental Associates This Summer!
Of course, we can’t forget to mention that one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy is to keep up with dental cleanings and exams in our San Antonio dental office.
Make sure you add checkups for you and your family on your summer to-do list! We’re looking forward to seeing you!