It’s hot. It’s been hot for several weeks and it will be hot again throughout this month. The sun is shining, the days are longer, and the temperature is almost high enough to make a pancake on the hood of your car.

Hopefully, you have been able to stay cool and still enjoy the sun. But as dentists, we can’t help but care about how this summer’s heat may affect your teeth. So here are a few thoughts on ensuring your dental health this summer.

Tips for Dental Health in Summer Heat

Summer is a great time to see the dentist, as the kids are out of school, the days are longer, and nothing says “summer fun” like a filling or dental cleaning. But there are also some specific tips for this type of heat that should be mentioned, including:

  • Watch Your Lips – Your teeth can’t sunburn. But your lips can. Indeed, they may be the most easily sunburned part of your body. Dentists are more likely to diagnose lip cancer than nearly any other profession. So make sure you’re protecting your lips from the sun and using a lip balm with a good SPF.
  • Drink Water – You’re sweating a lot, even if you don’t realize it. On humid days it’s easy to feel yourself sweating, but on dry days, your sweat evaporates almost instantly. That means there is a good chance that you’re dehydrated. Hydration is important for oral health, so make sure you’re drinking your water.
  • Watch Your Sugars – Watching your sugar intake is always a good idea, but in summer it’s not uncommon to find yourself accidentally consuming more than you thought. For example, if you drink soda to hydrate yourself, you’re getting a lot of tooth damaging sugar. If you suck on a popsicle or treating your family to ice cream, you’re adding a lot of sugar into your diet.

Also, the heat usually means more time outside, and more time outside means more risk of injury. Watch out for your teeth. If you play any sports, or do a lot of running, consider mouth guards and other protection so your teeth are not damaged.

Let the Sun Reflect Off Your Brighter Smile This Summer

We hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer, even in this almost unbearable heat. If you have a little time available to come to visit, we are offering $75 off of our tooth whitening treatments, and an ADDITIONAL $25 off if you let us know you shared this important summer heat article with at least one of your friends.

Show off your smile all summer with pride with a tooth whitening at Esthetic Reflections in Folsom.