We live and work in Spring, TX, so we sure do understand the summer heat. That heat is part of the reason that summer brings with it some specific concerns about your oral health and your smile.
In today’s post, we plan to discuss some of the things that you should be aware of throughout the summer. Following a few tips from Texas Dental Group will help you keep smiling until fall (and hopefully beyond).
Before we get into that, you can do something anytime of year to keep your mouth healthy. Visit our dentist office for a professional dental cleaning and exam. This way we can remove plaque and tartar or find potential problems when they can be treated more easier.
Watch The Chlorine When Cooling Off
Chlorine is used in most swimming pools to help prevent the spread of germs. This is important but also has the potential to create problems for your teeth.
People who spend six hours or more in the pool each week are at risk of a condition called “swimmer’s calculus.” You may already know that calculus is another word for tartar.
Chlorine can leave deposits on your teeth. These deposits can cause teeth to turn yellow or brown in color. The good news is that these deposits can usually be removed with a professional dental cleaning.
Discolored teeth are only one concern related to chlorine. Another has to do with the effect of chlorine on the pH balance of the pool.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that pools should be tested regularly, and they should have a pH between 7.2 and 7.8. When the pH is 7 or lower, the water can actually damage the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to increased teeth sensitivity and a greater risk for tooth decay.
You can find test strips at many stores or online that you can use to test the pH levels before taking a dip. We understand how great it feels to get in the pool on a particularly hot day. We just encourage you to take steps to protect your smile before you get in the water.
Take Steps To Prevent Dry Mouth
We spend a lot of time outside as it is. In the summer, when the daylight lasts longer, we have more reasons to be out, even on hot days.
Whether you are playing baseball, preparing for the upcoming football season, or working on your property, you are going to sweat.
That sweat can lead to dehydration. This typically occurs in stages, and two of the earliest signs of dehydration are thirst and dry mouth. These are your body’s way of reminding you to drink water whenever you are working hard or working in the heat.
Nearly all of us have experienced dry mouth at one time or another. The scratchy feel of your tongue can be uncomfortable and even painful.
However, those dry conditions are good for the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Keeping your mouth moist is a good idea. Plan to take regular water breaks whenever you are working or playing outside.
Drink More Water
Aside from preventing dry mouth, drinking water is a great idea for another important reason.
We understand why you might prefer an ice cold soft drink, a sports drink, some sweet tea, or even a cold beer. No one is saying you can’t enjoy those things (if you are of age) from time to time, but drinking them all the time can expose your mouth to sugars, which again is good for cavity-causing bacteria.
Did you know that some soft drinks and sports drinks have as much sugar per serving as a candy bar? Most people don’t eat candy bars at every meal, but it can be equally bad for your teeth to drink sugary drinks all day, too.
If you know that you like these other beverages, that’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just keep in mind that drinking water more often will be good for your smile in the long run.
Plan To Visit Us
Summer is also a great time to schedule dental cleanings for your family at Texas Dental Group. If you live in or near Spring, TX, our dentist office would love to see you before you return to school in the fall.
Contact us online or call (832) 791-1706 to request an appointment today.