The sun is shining, and summer is in full swing. If you’re keen to take good care of your smile in the sunshine, here are 4 ways to protect your teeth:
- Avoid sugary drinks: many of us like to crack open a cool fizzy drink or a flavoured alcoholic beverage when the sun comes out. While you may enjoy the taste, your teeth won’t thank you for bathing them in sugary nectar this summer. Try and avoid sugary and acidic drinks, especially between meals. Opt for diet, sugar-free versions, or stick to water.
- See your dentist: on a sunny day, a dental clinic may not be top of your list of places to go, but the holidays are a great time to arrange a check-up. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, call and book an appointment today. If you’re going away, it’s hugely beneficial to arrange a check before you travel to reduce the risk of dental injuries, infections and tooth pain.
- Use a mouth guard for sports: summer is a time when many of us like to be more active and enjoy time outside. If you’re playing sport this summer, don’t forget to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. It’s a good idea to use a gum shield for sports like boxing, martial arts, cricket, rugby, hockey and lacrosse.
- Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got friends around, you’ve bought a load of bottles of beer, but the bottle opener has disappeared. If this a familiar scenario, don’t be the person who sacrifices their smile for the good of others. Using your teeth to open a bottle could cause extensive damage.