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3 Summer Activities That Can Harm Your Smile

May 22, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Megan Shelton @ 1:24 pm
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With summer just around the corner, you’re likely excited to enjoy your fun in the sun! You’ll be able to spend more time for recreation and eating all your favorite meals during the season. However, some of these activities can be detrimental to your teeth or even increase your risk of a dental emergency. Keep reading to learn a few tips to protect your smile this summer.

#1: Cold Treats

Some of the most popular summertime treats are ice cream and popsicles. While these are especially tasty during the hot season, they can also cause discomfort if your teeth have a cold sensitivity. This can be due to several reasons, such as a cavity you may not be aware of and exposed tooth roots.

If you experience this, then you may need to visit your dentist to prevent it from worsening. Until then, avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes which can weaken your enamel, as well as whitening toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide. Try to keep away from foods that can crack your teeth and acidic meals or beverages that can cause further sensitivity.

#2: Sugary Drinks

You’ll want to stay hydrated throughout the summer, especially if you spend most of your time outside. However, many beverages like sports drinks, lemonade, and sodas contain high amounts of sugar. By drinking these too frequently, you can cause cavity-causing bacteria to develop and feed on your teeth. To prevent this, try finishing your beverage quickly instead of sipping it and rinse your mouth with water afterward.

#3: Summer Sports

Whether you’re playing baseball, biking, or jumping on a trampoline, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy this season! This also means there are various ways you can unintentionally hurt your teeth and gums. For this reason, you might consider investing in mouthguards while enjoying recreational activities. Not only are they comfortable, but they’ll protect your smile as well as save you the need for emergency or restorative dental treatments later on.

You can still fully enjoy summer while taking precautions to keep your pearly whites safe. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns, and they’ll be more than happy to help!

About the Author

Dr. Megan Shelton earned her dental doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. She also pursues continuing education through her membership in several organizations—including the Academy of General Dentistry and the Seattle Study Club. She provides multiple modern and comprehensive treatments, such as dental checkups/cleanings and emergency dentistry to help preserve your best smile. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, feel free to visit our website or call us at 760-434-9800.

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