The importance of dental hygiene during the summer months
Spring is in the starting blocks and summer is not far behind. But it doesn't just bring high temperatures and vacation fun, but also some special challenges for dental hygiene in the summer. In today's blog post, you'll learn why daily dental hygiene is especially important during the summer months and what problems most often occur at this time. We also give you valuable recommendations on how to care for your teeth properly.
Common dental hygiene problems in summer
During the warm summer months, some dental health issues can become more prevalent. Here's what challenges are most common and how you can best address them:
Dehydration: The high temperatures can dehydrate your body more quickly and cause you to produce less saliva. However, saliva is important to kill bacteria in your mouth and protect your teeth from decay. To prevent dehydration, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day and avoid drinks containing alcohol or caffeine, which can be additionally dehydrating.
Acid attacks: Summer often tempts you to consume sugary drinks, ice cream and fruit juices. These often contain acids that attack tooth enamel and can lead to tooth decay. Try to limit your consumption of these foods and choose sugar-free drinks and snacks instead. If you do enjoy something sweet or acidic, it's a good idea to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water afterwards or chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production and neutralize the acid.
Increased risk of injury: outdoor activities and contact sports such as soccer, basketball or cycling increase the risk of dental injury. Protect your teeth by wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard while playing sports to protect your teeth, gums and jaw bones. If a dental injury does occur, see a dentist as soon as possible to minimize damage and ensure proper treatment.
Sensitivity from cold foods and drinks: increased consumption of cold drinks and foods such as ice can cause tooth sensitivity. This can be a sign of exposed tooth necks or thinning enamel. Be sure to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and avoid direct contact of cold foods with affected areas.
Recommendations for ideal dental hygiene in summer
To keep your teeth healthy during the summer months, follow these detailed recommendations:
Stick to your routine: whether you're at home or on vacation, daily dental care is essential. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and floss or use interdental brushes to thoroughly clean the spaces between your teeth. Ideally, you should use one of our emmi®-dent ultrasonic toothbrushes.
Watch your diet: Sugary foods and drinks promote the formation of caries. Instead, choose healthy alternatives such as fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and sugar-free drinks. Avoid excessive consumption of tooth-damaging foods such as citrus fruits and vinegar, as these can attack tooth enamel.
Drink plenty of water: Water is essential for your body and your oral health. Not only does it help keep your body hydrated, but it also rinses food debris and bacteria from your mouth and neutralizes acids that can attack tooth enamel.
Don't neglect preventive checkups: Schedule regular dental appointments to make sure your teeth stay in top shape. The summer months are no exception - take the opportunity for a professional dental cleaning and checkups to detect and treat potential problems early.
Sunscreen for your lips: Your lips need protection from the sun just as much as your skin. Use a lip balm with SPF to prevent chapping and damage from UV rays. Be sure to apply lip balm regularly, especially after eating, drinking or swimming.
Mouthguards for sports: If you play sports in the summer, especially contact sports, you should wear a mouthguard to prevent dental injuries. Have a custom mouthguard made by your dentist for optimal protection and comfort.
By following our recommendations, you can keep your teeth healthy and shiny during the summer months. Pay attention to your daily dental hygiene and enjoy the warm season with a healthy and bright smile!