Adults and kids alike love summertime. It’s time for vacations, road trips, and playtime at the pool. But many people don’t realize that the sunniest season of the year presents threats to their oral health. It’s too easy to reach for a sugary soda when you want to cool off, and outdoor activities might result in accidents that damage your teeth. How can you protect your teeth throughout this summer? Here are a few tips from your dentist in The Woodlands.
Schedule a Checkup
Once the kids are out of school, it’s the ideal time to schedule a family day at the dentist. A cleaning and checkup can reveal any oral health issues that need attention, and it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask questions on how to maintain a healthy mouth throughout the summer. Taking care of these routine dental visits early in the summer means you’ll have one less thing on your to-do list in a couple of months when you’re getting ready to send the kids back to school.
Drink Lots of Water
Under the scorching Texas sunshine, dehydration is always a threat. Not only does this pose a danger to your overall health, but it can also put your teeth in jeopardy. Dehydration causes dry mouth, which increases the risk of cavities. To prevent these issues, please be sure that your whole family stays hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If your kids don’t like to drink plain water, you might try putting a few slices of fruit in it to give it a burst of flavor.
Enjoy Healthy Treats
When the weather heats up, do you start dreaming of ice cream and popsicles? These cold goodies are refreshing, but they’re packed full of sugar. Here are a few ideas for treats that are a bit more tooth-friendly:
- Iced tea. Iced, fruit-flavored tea without added sugar can be a great alternative to beverages like lemonade and sugary sports drinks.
- Watermelon, apples, and strawberries are all tasty treats that won’t threaten your oral health. However, be wary of citrus fruits since they contain high levels of acid.
- Some varieties of yogurt are overflowing with sugar, but others are lightly sweetened and provide a refreshing snack that won’t damage your teeth.
Prevent and Prepare for Dental Emergencies
Sports, playtime in the pool, and other summertime activities are lots of fun, but they also increase the chance that you’ll take a hard hit to your mouth and suffer tooth damage as a result. To protect your family’s smiles, please:
- Tell your children how to play safely, whether they’re throwing a baseball around the yard or splashing around in the hotel pool when you’re on vacation.
- Make sure anyone in your family who plays sports wears a custom mouthguard.
- Keep a dental emergency kit on hand. It can include mild painkillers, your dentist’s contact information, some gauze, and tooth preservation solution.
We hope you have a fantastic summer that is full of healthy, joyful smiles!
About the Dentist
Dr. Johnny Taylor has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years. He truly enjoys helping families maintain their teeth and gums. If you would like to see him for a summertime oral health checkup, please contact our office at 281-364-9913.