family summer fun can damage smile

The days of sunshine and warm weather are upon us, which means new adventures and lots of fun in the sun. Most people look forward to this sunny season because of all the exciting activities they get to partake in, but some could harm your dental health if you’re not careful.

Here are a few ways you can protect your smile in Windermere during the warmer months, while still enjoying your vacation to the fullest.

Cold Treats

Ice cream, popsicles, and snow cones—some people look forward to the warmer months just so they can enjoy these summer snacks! These sweet treats may be a delicious way to cool down under the sun, but they can cause discomfort if your teeth are sensitive to the cold. Sensitivity could be a sign of cavities or exposed tooth roots, which can happen as a result of tooth decay from eating sugary foods and drinks.

If you’re struggling with tooth sensitivity, use non-abrasive, sensitive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth, and avoid foods that can worsen the sensation. Contact your dentist in Windermere right away to determine the cause and treat the problem.

Sugary Drinks

It can be tempting to reach for a lemonade, sweet tea, sports drink, or soda on a hot day at the beach. While they may sound refreshing, they contain high concentrations of sugar which can harm your oral health. Overconsumption of sugar can lead to dental decay and cause cavities.

The best strategy for preventing dental damage is to avoid sweet drinks and opt for water instead. But if you must indulge in a sugary beverage, be sure to minimize contact with your teeth. Use a straw or, rather than sipping, drink quickly and rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Physical Activities

Sports and activities, such as baseball, biking, skateboarding, swimming, and much more, may be entertaining for the whole family, but they can result in serious injury to your teeth, mouth, and gums.

To prevent injuries, use a mouthguard to protect the teeth and minimize damage to the mouth and jaw if an injury were to occur. Mouthguards are available at most sports-goods stores or can be custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly, so you can enjoy your activities knowing they’re as secure as possible.

Although your summer schedule may be jam-packed with exciting adventures, don’t let the fun get in the way of your dental care. Use these tips so you and your loved ones can enjoy this sunny season with a strong, healthy smile.

About Windermere Dentistry

Windermere Dentistry provides state-of-the-art preventive, restorative, cosmetic, sedation, and emergency dentistry. Dr. Matthew McKissock and Dr. Rupal Thakkar received their education from notable universities, and years of experience and extensive training. They excel at wowing patients with personalized attention and comprehensive care during each visit. Whether you’re looking for a consultation or want to correct your smile for summer, they will be there to answer all your questions, address your concerns, and meet your needs. Dr. McKissock and Dr. Thakkar can be reached via our website or by phone at (407) 909-1099.

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