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Summer Oral Health Tips

Swimming, skating, sun and state fairs - these are the things that summer is made of. But sometimes, that vacation mode takes over and we forget to do the routine things we’re used to doing during the rest of the year. This summer, as you head outdoors for fun in the sun, don’t forget about your oral health routine - or these summer-safe tips for your mouth!

Don’t Share Gear

Summertime means swimming and snorkeling, but before you pop that snorkel in your mouth, make sure it’s yours first. Though it may be tempting for kids especially to share snorkels, cups or other items that go in the mouth, this is a bad idea. That’s because not only can germs be spread by sharing oral gear, but the bacteria that causes cavities can also be shared. That’s right - even if your children have healthy teeth, they can still get cavities from transferred bacteria from someone else’s utensils, cup or, yes, snorkel.

Protect Your Teeth

Do you skate? Play softball or football? Well, you should be wearing a mouth guard if you do. Mouth guards protect your teeth while you're playing contact or other sports and should always be worn during these activities. You can buy an affordable boil-and-bite guard online or at most sporting goods stores, or for the more serious athlete, speak to Dr. Simpson about having a custom mouth guard made. This will fit your mouth better, making it more likely that you or your child will wear it while playing sports.

Protect Your Lips

Did you know that you can get oral cancer from the sun? It’s true - and it can start with a bad sunburn. The best way to prevent this type of cancer is to always wear sunblock, even on your lips, and try to shield your lips and face from the sun in a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, too.

Watch What You Eat

With so many of us hitting fairs, carnivals, amusement parks and boardwalks this summer, it's an open invitation for cavities and lost fillings. With all the candy apples, cotton candy, taffy and other sticky and sweet foods, you need to be careful if you’ve got braces, loose teeth or extensive dental work. You also need to be mindful about brushing and flossing even if you have a healthy mouth, because the sugar and carbohydrates from many of these treats can lead to cavities.

Whatever you end up doing this summer, make it a safe, fun summer and don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Simpson at 910-239-7167.

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