In truth, it is rarely the hot weather itself that affects our teeth. With the weather in the 90’s during the summer months, we thought we would share how hot weather can affect your teeth through our reactions to it. We all enjoy being outside enjoying the sunshine with an ice cold drink and cool refreshing treats. Keeping yourself hydrated is important during the summer months not only for your overall health, but also for your oral health. Your natural production of saliva can decrease when your body isn’t hydrated, which makes your mouth very dry. Saliva has many important functions when it comes to oral health. It aids chewing, swallowing and digesting food. It also acts as a natural cleanser and keeps food from sticking to your teeth.
Most dental problems are preventable if the right care is taken. Having a cool bottle of water around on those hot, summer days will keep your mouth moist and keep your body hydrated. Soda, beer, and other drinks that are high in sugar may seem very refreshing, but they contain acids that can weaken the enamel on your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water in-between sugary drinks and snacks to wash away the harmful acid from your teeth and reduce the negative effects on your oral health. Don’t be fooled by diet sodas. They also contain acids that can weaken your teeth.
While we are all entitled to enjoy and indulge on a hot day, please remember your teeth and ensure that you stay well hydrated and try to avoid excess sugars. Don’t forget to give your teeth a good brushing before you go to bed at night. Stay on top of your routine dental checkups and cleanings. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment at (813) 475 – 4528.
Westchase Premier Dental wishes everyone a happy summer!
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With temperatures in the 90’s, it’s a good thing today marks National Pool Opening Day! Enjoy your Saturday!