As long summer nights return for another year, British Summertime is well and truly here. Primetime for BBQs and time outdoors, with the sun comes that long-awaited Vitamin D – a nutrient great for boosting your immune system and keeping your bones and teeth healthy. Research even suggests that it can also help prevent gum disease.
But with the smile that sunshine brings, there are things to look out for when it comes to dental health in the summer months.
Here are our top tips to help you look after your dental health this summer:
- You’re sweet enough!
When it comes to your dental health, sugar really is the enemy. A major cause of tooth decay, soft and fizzy drinks are two of the worst offenders. To keep hydrated and refreshed during the long summer days, stick to water to keep your mouth healthy.
- Teeth aren’t tools.
Opening packets and bottles or holding items in your mouth can increase the danger of causing permanent and painful damage to your teeth. Don’t risk using your teeth as tools and find safer alternatives.
- Be careful of the cold!
An ice-cold treat by the beach is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summers day but be careful if you suffer with sensitive teeth. To reduce the pain, try a toothpaste specifically designed to ease the discomfort of sensitive teeth or try and avoid ice-cold treats altogether.
- Look after your lips.
Often overlooked when it comes to SPF protection, lips are incredibly sensitive to the sun. The skin is very thin and prone to burning, which can lead to some forms of cancer. Protect yourself with specifically formulated sun cream with an SPF of 30 or above and apply it regularly.
Summer and outdoor sports go hand-in-hand as family and friends spend time together in the sunshine. But with many summer sports, there is always a risk of something going wrong which could result in losing or cracking a tooth. To reduce the danger, wear a mouthguard and keep your smile safe all summer long.
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