The staff at Solana Family Dental has some great advice for keeping your teeth happy and healthy while still enjoying your summer sports activities. Your dentist in Solana Beach is here for you if you have any questions or concerns before you start your summer activities.
If you are planning on taking part in some serious swimming, involving long hours in the pool, consider getting some extra dental cleanings in after summer. Swimming in chlorinated pools can leave brown deposits on the teeth due to a high pH, which is called swimmer’s calculus. Don’t worry; these brown deposits can be removed with a good, dentist cleaning. Also, be careful, no running in the pool or diving in the shallow end. We don’t want to see you chip a tooth!
Diving is a great summer hobby that should keep your teeth safe, for the most part. However, there is a condition called “diver’s mouth syndrome” which is caused by the air pressure changed while diving and the diver’s tendency to bite too hard on their regulator. Not only will your jaw hurt from this pressure, but you could also experience tooth squeeze, which is due to a large cavity, temporary filling, partial root canal, or gum disease. To prevent running into these problems, get a check-up prior to embarking on a diving journey. You can also have your regulator mouthpiece fitted to your bite to help with the biting issue by your Solana Beach Dentist.
When performing contact sports such as, soccer, basketball, football, and softball consider protecting yourself with a mouthpiece. There are several types from the stock mouthpiece, where the fit is limited, to the custom-made mouthpiece that your dentist can have made especially for you. Regardless of the route you take in protecting your teeth, consider a mouthpiece to save yourself from serious dental work and pain.
Summer is extremely hot, so stay hydrated. By hydrated, we mean water and low-sugar drinks. Drinking sodas and acidic drinks can be very damaging to the health of your enamel. Drink plenty of water to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Popsicles are great in the summertime, but remember, the longer the sugar stays on your teeth, the longer it has to damage your enamel and create a cavity. Limit the length of time you go without brushing after sugary snacks and your teeth should stay pretty healthy.
You only have one set of permanent teeth, so make sure you treat them well. Your summer can still be filled with lots of sports and water activities, just make sure to get a check-up before you head out and get a nice mouthpiece created just for you to ensure you protect your pearly whites. Solana Family Dental wants you to have a great summer and enjoy yourself, but please be careful and remember we are here if you need us.