Summers in Rockland County are nice. Not too hot, but hot enough for most of us. It’s a time to get out and get active. That can be good for your state of mind and good for your body, but it can be bad for your teeth. Here are some reasons why your teeth may be at risk this summer.
Dehydration Is Bad for Your Teeth
Whether you’re working out, playing sports, or just working in the garden, you can get dehydrated. Your saliva levels will decrease, which is bad for your oral health because your saliva protects your teeth and gums.
Saliva has antibacterial properties, which helps control the bacteria that attack your teeth and gums. Saliva also contains minerals that help restore your teeth and helps maintain a neutral pH in your mouth. But when you get dehydrated, your saliva can actually turn acidic, leading to increased tooth damage.
Rehydration May Not Be Much Better
Make sure you make smart choices when rehydrating. Sports drinks may advertise their ability to rehydrate you, but they contain lots of sugars and can be very acidic. So pick a healthier option!
Water, of course, is the best choice, since it hydrates you and contains fluoride that helps protect your teeth. Cold coffee and tea are also good. Although they can be staining, teeth whitening can take those stains out, and they contain antioxidants that attack oral bacteria. But make sure to avoid adding too much sugar to these drinks as well.
While winter is great for sitting around watching hockey, when it’s summer many of us want to get out and become part of the action. The problem is that this can put your own teeth at risk.
Make sure you wear a mouthguard whenever you participate in sports. Remember, even a supposedly “non-contact” sport can lead to serious tooth injuries. Always respond properly to a chipped or cracked tooth.
Smile through the Summer
If you take care of your smile, you can enjoy it for many summers to come. But if you do suffer from decay or injury to your teeth, we can help. White fillings can help with decay, and dental crowns in a day will help with all but the most serious tooth injuries.
If you are looking for a Rockland County dentist who can help maintain your oral health this summer, please call (845) 627-7645 for an appointment at B & D Dental Excellence today.