t’s summertime, which means it’s time to let loose and have a little fun with friends and family. Unfortunately, the season also lends itself to tooth problems. While you might not really consider it, there’s plenty of action taking place during the summer which can lead to unhealthy behaviors that can harm your oral health.
Your Edinburg dentists here at Heroes Dental want to give you a few insights into how the summer weather can lead to toothaches – or worse.
Have a blast this summer but keep the following in mind.
Ways in Which Summer Weather Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity
1. Don’t Let the Heat Ruin Your Summer
The Rio Grande Valley is known for two things. The excellent service of Heroes Dental and our summer weather. Unfortunately, that summer heat can really bother your teeth if you’re dealing with any type of tooth sensitivity.
If you’re already having problems, the heat (or the cold drinks you want to enjoy to cool down) can really aggravate the issue and cause you plenty of pain. If you’ve noticed that the weather is causing you a toothache, it’s a sign that you may need to visit Heroes Dental to take care of the issue.
2. Summer Snacks Can Lead to Summer Cavities
Let’s be honest, summertime means barbecues and tasty ice cream. Of course, these barbecues usually include plenty of soda pop and other tasty – but unhealthy – treats. Then there’s all the vacations and trips down to the beach which usually includes plenty of snacking on sugary goodies.
While you should definitely enjoy the season, overconsumption of sugar can lead to dental health problems. Switch out that soda pop with cold water and those sugar-filled popsicles with the occasional fruits and veggies.
3. Don’t Let Your Summer Routine Ruin Your Dental Health
We tend to travel more during the summer and are a little more loose with our schedule. Naturally, this can lead to your oral health routine hitting a little bump. Staying up late and sleeping in can throw off your routine.
If this happens, then your oral health can suffer. The result of not brushing or flossing your teeth as frequently is that you run a higher risk of developing cavities or other health issues. If you can’t remember to keep your routine, then just set a morning and evening alarm to keep your routine intact.
4. Chewing on Ice Can Damage Your Teeth
Most people love chewing on ice to help cool them off when they’re outside. Whether you’re at a sporting event, barbecuing on a sweltering summer day, or at the beach getting your sun tan on, a little bit of ice can really help to beat the heat.
Unfortunately, chewing on ice can lead to some major issues like chipping off enamel, breaking off a piece of tooth, or creating a crack. Avoid chewing ice as you don’t want to turn an amazing summer day into an emergency trip to the dentist.
5. Dehydration is Major Health Issue That Can Even Affect Your Teeth
Summer can be scorching in the Rio Grande Valley and it can be very easy to get dehydrated. Not only is this horrible for your health but it can also affect your oral health. Dehydration will lead to dry mouth. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to cavities and other issues.
By staying hydrated, you’ll be able to produce plenty of saliva that can help to wash away sugars and dangerous bacteria. The right amount of saliva can even repair and remineralize weak tooth enamel.
A great summer should include a visit to Heroes Dental.
Being aware of the previously mentioned issues can save you from a world of trouble. Your Edinburg dentists at Heroes Dental want you to enjoy the summer weather while taking care of your smile.