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How Summer and UV Exposure Affect Your Smile


Summer is here, and while you’re enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, it’s important to consider how this season and UV exposure can impact your oral health. While the sun’s rays won’t directly damage your teeth, they can influence various aspects of your oral health. Here’s how to keep your smile healthy:

Lip Protection is Essential

Your lips are particularly vulnerable to UV damage because the skin on them is thin and lacks melanin. Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to conditions such as actinic cheilitis, a precancerous condition causing dry, scaly, and discoloured lips. Use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips and reapply it regularly.

Staying Hydrated is Crucial

Sun exposure can lead to dehydration, affecting oral health by reducing saliva production. Saliva is crucial for washing away food particles and neutralizing acids in your mouth. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain adequate saliva production and protect your teeth. Carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on the go.

Cold Snacks and Tooth Sensitivity

Summer often involves consuming cold treats like ice cream and chilled beverages. These can exacerbate tooth sensitivity. Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth and avoid overindulging in acidic or sugary foods and drinks that can erode enamel. Instead, opt for healthy snacks such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheese.

Vitamin D is Beneficial for Oral Health

Vitamin D, produced by your body when exposed to sunlight, is essential for calcium absorption and maintaining strong teeth and bones. Adequate levels of vitamin D help prevent tooth decay, strengthen enamel, and reduce the risk of gum disease. Spend some time outdoors for natural vitamin D but balance it with proper sun protection. You can also get vitamin D from foods like fatty fish, fortified dairy products, and eggs.

Enjoy the Summer with a Healthy Smile

By taking a few simple precautions, you can protect your oral health while enjoying the summer. At Brinkley Dental, we’re here to support you in maintaining a bright and healthy smile all year round. Contact us if you have any concerns or need to schedule a dental exam and cleaning. Enjoy your summer confidently, knowing your smile is well taken care of!

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