Summer is a great time to strut your stuff and show off your smile. Many of our patients stop in around this time for their annual teeth whitening, and how can we blame them! They want to look their best outside in the great Round Rock weather. We have assembled a guide to help you embrace the summer while still protecting that great white smile you’ve been working for all year!
How Swimming Affects Your Teeth
The pool is a perfect escape from the summer heat. Load up on sunscreen and water and hit the pool with your family and friends, but make sure you can brush after! Most swimming pools contain high levels of chlorine which can make pool water extremely acidic. If you are at a public pool, take notice at the linings, rails, and ladders in the pool. If it seems to be deteriorating due to acidity, try your best to keep water out of your mouth.
Does Chlorine Damage Enamel?
Chlorine in water is naturally acidic and damaging to teeth. When your enamel begins to wear you might notice a slight discoloration or transparency. These are signs of enamel erosion and it is recommended to visit a local cosmetic dentist.
Brushing After The Swimming Pool
Brushing your teeth after swimming in the pool is a great idea to get the chlorine and taste of water out of your mouth. This can also help against chlorines effects on your enamel and can prevent erosion. But also remember that chlorine weakens your enamel so brushing straight out of the pool is not recommended. This can further damage your teeth and brush away necessary material.
Summer Foods to Avoid
Summer is a time of hanging by the pool and eating what you want. But it’s important to take note of how some common summer foods may affect your teeth in the long run. If you were to ask your dentist, they can confirm which foods you should avoid for your teeth. Especially if you have had procedures such as Invisalign, your teeth will be naturally sensitive to damage.
Although fruits are generally healthy and provide your body with necessary nutrients, some fruits are extremely acidic and can slowly damage or enamel if you don’t drink water or brush your teeth after eating.
Hard Candies taste good on the outside, but their sugary and sticky nature can be a nuisance for your mouth. Getting candy stuck on molars and attempting to pull it out can cause fractures and lead to excruciating pain. Long exposure to sugary sweets like these can also lead to cavities that will disappoint your dentist and have you setting another appointment sooner than later.
Although chips of all sorts are popular as a day-to-day snack, it’s important to remember that they are not always good for your teeth. Potato chips are known to have high levels of starch and this can get in between your teeth and cause residue build-up for plaque. Flossing after eating chips can help your teeth remove some of the starch and debris that a simple teeth cleaning could.
Summer Tooth Damage and Microfractures
During the summer many people like to live without consequences. Sadly, your teeth don’t feel the same way and it’s actually really easy to damage them!
Don’t Chew Ice
Ice is a common way to cool down a drink and provide a better drinking experience. Often times, a cold drink will trigger sensitivity in enamel. Chewing ice will cause microfractures to form in your teeth from chewing hard material. The fractures are nearly impossible to repair and can lead to intense sensitivity. Be sure to schedule a dental checkup if you are worried about possible microfractures and how to manage sensitive teeth.
Don’t Open Bottles With Teeth
Opening bottles with your teeth is a common way to go around using a bottle opener while also looking cool. But know that using your teeth like this can cause irreversible damage in the form of chips and fractures in the structure of your teeth. This damage could last the rest of your life and it makes protecting your teeth worth it.