Dental Education: Do Your Teeth Need Sunscreen?  Summertime Tips for Healthy Teeth

June 1, 2019

During the summer months, we’ve all heard how important sunscreen is to protect your skin. But, what about your teeth? Do they need protection?

Many summer sports offer the opportunity for misfortune when it comes to trauma and your mouth.

Wearing a sports guard is highly recommended, if not required, for many contact sports or when it’s possible to have some mishap happen to your teeth. Ask your dental professional which option would be best for you.

Other summer sports, like swimming, can also have a negative effect on your teeth.

Swimmers who are frequently in chlorinated pools may be plagued with something called “swimmers stain”. “Swimmers stain” is caused from the chemicals used to keep a pool clean. Usually, this stain is easily removed by your Registered Dental Hygienist or can be polished off.

Staying hydrated is very important during the hot months.

What’s the best thing to quench your thirst and keep you healthy? Simple: water.

Water is the best thing to drink for your teeth. Any drink with bubbles (carbonation) cause acidity levels to rise, which can eventually affect your teeth enamel. Sports drinks can also cause acid to rise. These drinks can be consumed occasionally, but you’ll want to at least swish with water after having them to buffer the acidity.

So, while you are relaxing in the pool or having fun in the sun, make sure you stay hydrated, protect your teeth, and wear sunblock!

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