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How to Protect Your Smile from These 4 Dangerous Summer Activities

May 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — hillsdental @ 2:34 pm
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The sun isn’t setting until much later in the day, and the temperature outside is climbing. This can only mean one thing – summer is practically here! While this time of year is perfect for backyard barbecues and lazy days by the pool, it’s also full of risky activities that could lead to a dental emergency. That’s why this summer, it’s more important than ever that you learn how to protect your smile in Farmington Hills. Read on to learn about four potentially dangerous summer activities and how you can reduce your risk.

Cold Treats

Some people enjoy ice cream, popsicles, and snow cones year-round, but these delicious, chilled treats are especially popular during the warmer months. If you’re prone to tooth sensitivity, though, eating them may be painful. There are numerous causes of sensitive teeth, such as small cracks in the tooth, untreated cavities, or exposed tooth roots.  

To minimize painful sensitivity, gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a desensitizing toothpaste. Avoid foods and drinks that are particularly acidic, as they can worsen sensitivity. If the issue persists, talk to your dentist. They can help you get to the root of the problem.

Chilly Refreshments

Another popular way to cool down is by sipping cool drinks like lemonade, soda, or frozen margaritas. The main problem with these beverages is that they contain high amounts of sugar that feed the destructive bacteria in your mouth. Try to stay hydrated with water as much as possible. If you’re going to drink these chilly refreshments, rinse your mouth with water afterward to get rid of any lingering sugar on your teeth.

Outdoor Sports

Summer is the perfect time to get active outside, but contact sports come with the risk of breaking or knocking out a tooth. Make sure to shield your pearly whites by wearing a mouthguard. Your dentist in Farmington Hills can custom-make you a mouthguard that fits more comfortably over your teeth – and delivers more protection – than the cheaply made guards from the drugstore.

Swimming

One thing that many swimmers don’t consider is that certain pH levels in pool water can damage your tooth enamel. Use test strips to check your pool’s pH levels and make sure they’re between 7.2 and 7.8. That way, you can swim without worrying about harming your smile.

Even with all of the fun plans you undoubtedly have lined up in the next few months, take some time to think about your smile. By visiting your dentist for routine checkups and taking the right precautions, you can keep your smile safe throughout this summer and beyond!

About the Authors

At MayFair Dental Associates, Dr. Linda Goodman and Dr. Mark S. Isler use their combined experience to give families in Farmington Hills, MI personalized, quality dental care. Dr. Goodman has 40+ years of experience in the dental field, and Dr. Isler is a Board-Certified periodontist. They’re happy to provide custom mouthguards and other services that can help you keep your smile safe this summer. To learn more, you can contact their office at (248)-851-3030.  

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