Dental Care In Hot Weather

Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford advises to protect your teeth during the heatwave.

It’s unlikely that many people will be complaining about this spell of hot weather we are currently having; something that we see very little of in this country.

The hot weather is not without its drawbacks though, and our oral health can suffer because of it if we are not careful. In today’s blog, our Wickford dentists examine some of the ways that you can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy whilst this hot spell lasts.

Dehydration

It is very easy to become dehydrated when it becomes hot for a long period of time. Not only will this sap energy levels but also poses a threat to your gums. As our mouths become dry, the number of potentially harmful bacteria in our mouth also grows. Consistently allowing our mouths to become dry is a likely precursor to the early stages of gum disease. Avoid the temptation to quench your thirst with soft drinks as these are often acidic and also often contain large quantities of sugar. Water is better for your health and for your teeth and gums too.

Alcohol

A cold beer on a hot day can feel very pleasant and will do little harm. A number of drinks, on the other hand, might. Aside from any accidents that may occur, alcohol consumption has been shown to be a factor in both on-set of gum disease and oral cancers.

Ice creams

An ice cream is a nice way to cool down, but is also one that is often high in sugar. We are not saying that you shouldn’t have one, but it is worth bearing in mind that it may be a good idea to limit the number of them.

Tiredness

The heat can be great, but it can drain our energy too. Staying hydrated will help to reduce this, but even then, by the end of the day, we may well be ready to simply flop into bed. It is important though to remember to allocate five minutes or so to brushing and flossing your teeth before you retire for the evening. Skipping this regular routine will mean that you go to bed with your teeth coated in sugars, allowing bacteria to start damaging the enamel of your teeth and your gums whilst you sleep.

We hope that all of our Wickford and Rayleigh patients make the most of the current rare spell of hot weather, but that you also remember to take care of your teeth and gums too. The above tips will help, but if you do have any problems with your teeth, or need to arrange a checkup appointment, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078.