Summer is here! You can maintain a healthy summer smile without having to give up many of your favorite activities and foods!
Summertime enjoying the much-awaited break, slow down and perhaps soak up a little more time with family and friends. Summertime is not the time to forget about your dental care routines as could be the likely case with a majority of people. It is also common for many to experience an increased craving for ice cream and cold beverages during the heat of the day, which might not go well as far as oral hygiene is concerned.
Here are a few tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy this summer!
During the summer, you’ll probably be taking advantage of the warm weather by spending a lot of time in the sun. You probably know that sun protection is important, but did you realize how vital it is in safeguarding yourself from oral cancer? The lips are often forgotten when people apply sunscreen, and Concord, CA dentists would like you to know how important protecting your lips is. With average temperatures reaching over 90 degrees during summer, and having many of our patients working outdoors these dentists in Concord, CA see too much lip cancer.
2015 Dental Tips from Downtown Concord DentalIf you think that regular lip balms can protect your lips from damage, remember this: shiny lip glosses only magnify the sun’s rays and enhance damage. And, the majority of lip balms and lipsticks do not contain sunscreen. Consider wearing a lip balm or gloss with an SPF of 30 or higher, or layer your lip gloss or lipstick over a lip balm containing sunscreen. Men and women are equally susceptible to sun damage, although men over 40 who work outside are more likely to develop lip cancer.
While those symptoms don’t necessarily indicate lip cancer, but you should report any unusual changes in your lips or mouth to your dentist or physician. Dr. Lee can check your mouth for signs of oral cancer during a routine dental exam.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of lip cancer in case your lips are damaged by the sun. A sore on the lip or in the mouth that doesn’t heal, lump on or thickening of the lips, pain, bleeding, or numbness on the lips or in the mouth. Remember: Covering a few extra inches of skin with sun protection could end up saving your smile and your life!
Outdoor games are typical activities during summer especially for the children and young adults. During these activities, physical contacts are inevitable and thus it would be a good idea to ensure that delicate parts such as the teeth are protected. Mouth guards will serve this purpose well by protecting the teeth from getting knocked out, chipping and prevent concussions.
Swimming frequently in pools may expose you to the risk of getting discolored teeth. This is attributed to the high chlorine content in most pools that lead to weak and eroded teeth. For frequent swimmers, brushing your teeth after the activity will minimize the damage this water can cause to your teeth.
Yet, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to cut out all the fun parts of your summer. Rather, by following the tips below, you can be sure of enjoying the good weather without worrying much about your next dental visit.
Downtown Concord Dental strongly believes in preventive dentistry as the best possible means of maintaining optimum oral health. Preventive dental care can help each member of your family maintain a beautiful, healthy smile by safeguarding against oral diseases, like dental decay, gum disease, or periodontal disease. Our goal is to prevent these diseases from happening in the first place or to catch the problems in their early stages when they are easier and less expensive to treat.