1. Your Teeth Are Not Tools!
Many people feel that their teeth can substitute for tools and use them to open bottles, wrappers, and chew ice. Engaging in these types of habits can be very harmful for your teeth and costly to repair as using your teeth on hard surfaces not meant to be digested can cause hairline fractures.
2. Use Mouth Guards during Sports
When playing sports in the summer, even if they are not contact sports, it is a good idea to wear proper protection. Your teeth can be easily protected by wearing a mouth guard during your sports activities.
3. Eat sweets with caution
It’s certainly refreshing to enjoy an ice-cream cone during the hot summer days or a cool can of soda, but those things are filled with added sugars which can cause cavities, enamel loss and plaque. The bacteria in your mouth love sweets, which is converted into acids, resulting in damages to teeth. Our advice is to not avoid sweets completely, but be cautious: Eat sweets as part of your meal versus snacks, brush or rinse after you eat or drink something sweet, or chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes to reduce tooth decay.
4. Be Sure To Wear Lip Balm with an SPF of At Least 15
Your lips are more susceptible to burning than most parts of your body, yet many people don’t think about protecting them from the sun.
5.Water is the drink of choice
As mentioned in my blog last week, the importance of water during a hot summer holiday is vital for our overall health but it also provides a vital role for our oral health too. We should avoid regularly consumption of drinks with high sugar and acidic content such as sports drinks or fruit juices which increase the chance of dental decay and enamel erosion. A word of caution on drinking tap water abroad though, to reduce the risk of picking up a tummy bug, bottled water is probably the better option.
6. Chapstick with SPF.
With the sun shining bright all summer long, it’s important to remember that like your skin, your lips need sunscreen, too. Your lips are prone to sunburns, so it’s important to remember to apply that lip balm when spending long hours outside.
7.The dental check-up
Before you set off on your summer holiday, make sure you take a flying trip to your dentist. Although a visit to the dentist may not be at the forefront of your mind when preparing to go on holiday, it should be a part of everyone’s pre-holiday preparations, either as a precaution or to eliminate potential long-term damage to your dental health. But if you really can’t do it before – do it immediately after. A scale and polish might be a good thing after giving your teeth a hard time.
Feel free to contact one of our dentists or reliable dental staff here at German Dental Oasis if you wish to schedule an appointment or consultation for dental procedures, mouth guards or general cleaning. We hope you all enjoy your summer!