Dental Risks Rise With Warm Summer Temperatures

Tips to avoid an unplanned visit to the dentist

Dental RisksAs we kick off the first day of summer, it’s important to remember that as temperatures rise so too do dental-related hazards.

One of the most common general warm weather risks is dehydration but not all fluids can help. In fact, what you drink may actually have an adverse effect and increase the chance of tooth decay. Drinking lots of water will protect against plaque-causing bacteria. Choosing fluoridated tap water will further improve resistance and can strengthen enamel compared to carbonated options. So, hit the kitchen sink.

Other threats result from popular summer fun and these seasonal activities can put your smile at risk.

  • Swimming
    Exposure to pool water chemicals and the higher than normal pH levels result in organic deposits on teeth. This is especially true for those who swim more than six hours a week. “Swimmers’ calculus” as it is known, are hard deposits that create yellowish-brown or dark brown stains most frequently on the front teeth.
  • Scuba Diving
    For the millions of sea-lovers who enjoy diving deep each summer, “diver’s mouth syndrome” is all too common. It is a result of air pressure changes and intense biting on necessary air regulators. Symptoms such as jaw joint, gum tissue and center of the tooth, can be quite painful.
  • Contact Sports
    Whether an organized or friendly pick-up game, sports like soccer, softball and even touch football can cause costly mouth and face injuries for those with extensive dental work or braces. Wearing mouth guards and face masks are a good first line of defense and will help prevent mouth cuts, jaw injuries and tooth damage.

No dental tips list would be complete without these words of wisdom. With greater activity and vacation fun on the horizon, summer is also a time when many lose sight of proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly should not be overlooked. Contact a dental professional or member of our team to schedule routine cleanings and care.