- May 26, 2015
Spring has melted the snow and brightened the sky. The flowers are blooming and grass is growing. The sound of lawn mowers buzzing on a Saturday morning and the smell of charcoal smoke in the evening signal that summer in Holly, MI is just around the corner.
Summer is the time of year when outdoors activities and relaxation is the order of the day, every day. While you should try to have as much fun as possible and enjoy every moment of sunny weather, you also want to be sure that you are not risking the health of your teeth, or damaging your smile.
Here at Holly Dental Care, we want you to get the most joy out of summer as possible without losing your beautiful and healthy smile. So, here are some things to consider before going out for some fun in the sun.
Whether it’s baseball, soccer, skateboarding, or just running through the park and walking in the woods, the summer holds a lot of potential for outdoors activities. It certainly is good to get and get active whenever you get a chance, but at the same time, you need to try and make sure that your teeth don’t come away any worse for the wear.
Soccer and baseball involve balls flying at your face very quickly. In soccer, using your face to block shots in not only common, it’s encouraged! Even something as seemingly innocent as Frisbee or badminton can leave you with a chipped or fractured tooth, if you take a hit from a plastic disc or metal racket to the mouth.
Sports like skateboarding and mountain biking don’t pose too much of a threat to your smile as long as you don’t fall, but the chances of that happening are slim to none. Accidents in sports like these can do some real damage to your smile. When you take a tumble when moving at high speeds, you can do a lot more than chip a tooth. Broken and knocked out teeth are common with these so-called “extreme” sports.
On the other end of the spectrum, a simple walk in the woods can lead to a dental emergency if you are not careful. You will need to watch out for slippery rocks and tangling vines, as well as flying tree limbs let loose by a careless hiking partner. A fractured tooth may not even hurt at first, but it can lead to serious problems, like tooth decay and even infection, if not treated in a timely manner.
Arguably, the most exciting thing about summer is the food. There is nothing quite like firing up the grill to prepare a delicious summer feast. It can be as simple as hamburgers and hot dogs, or a special occasion with a tasty rack of ribs, it is always better when it’s cooked outside on the grill.
All this deliciousness could present a hazard to your teeth. Hamburgers and hotdogs, and especially ribs, leave stringy pieces of meat between your teeth that are a welcomed treat to the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
If you are using barbeque sauce on those ribs, then you are adding sugar and vinegar to the mix, and both are major contributors to tooth decay. The vinegar in barbeque sauce and other condiments is high in acid, which weakens the enamel protecting your teeth, and the the sugar feeds the bacteria that will further ar away at your enamel.
Let’s not forget about the drinks you are using to wash all this wonderful food down. Sweet tea and homemade lemonade are staples of summer cuisine, but it probably comes as no surprise that these drinks aren’t that great for your teeth.
Sweet tea, by definition, is loaded with sugar, and we all know what that means, right? Cavities. Even if you don’t sweeten your tea, it is still one of the most notorious teeth stainers you can find.
Homemade lemonade provides the one-two punch for tooth decay and gum disease, sugar and acid. Them juice is very high in acid, and all that sugar, well, it’s sugar, so it’s bad for your teeth. In fact, the only thing in lemonade that is not bad for your teeth is the water, which brings to an important point.
If you are drinking sweet tea and lemonade all day, then you are not drinking enough water. Drinking water is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your teeth. It will keep you hydrated and rinse your mouth of the sugar and acid from the foods you are enjoying this summer.
Of course regular cleanings and examinations are an important part of quality dental care, so make an appointment with Holly Dental Care for a checkup today.
Don’t forget to check back for part two in our blog series on summer dental care.