Tips for a Healthy Summer

Summer is upon us and with it comes all the fun activities for which Wisconsin is famous.  Remember, summer vacation does not mean a vacation from oral health.  Here are some helpful tips to ensure a healthy and fun summer.

 

Don’t forget your toothbrush!

It may seem silly, but easily forgotten. Pack an extra one in a baggy with travel sized toothpaste for your kid’s summer camp or your family vacation.

 

Watch your sugar intake!

It’s important to stay hydrated on warm summer days.  This is doubly important when outdoor sports are involved.  Drinks like Gatorade and Powerade help replace fluids and electrolyes, but they also contain high amounts of sugar and have an acidic pH.  Both of which can contribute to cavities when taken in large quantities.  Rinsing your mouth out with water can help reduce the pH levels in your mouth.  Even better, is using water to help keep you hydrated in addition to sports drinks.

 

Protect your teeth!

Playing contact sports or going to a summer sports camp?  Don’t forget your mouthguard!  A well fitting mouthguard can protect your teeth and jaws from trauma and fracture.

 

Protect your skin!

Going out in the sun?  Protect yourself with sunblock, including your earns nose and cheeks.  And don’t forget about your lips.  Your lower lip is a frequent site for skin cancer to form, much more than the upper lip due to the more direct contact with the sun the lower one receives.  Please make sure to use a lip balm with sun protectant in it.

 

We are always happy to discuss these tips and any other oral health questions you may have.  Feel free to ask at your next appointment.  All of us at Marathon Family Dentistry wish you a fun, safe and healthy summer.

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