Over the last few weeks the weather in Fleet has been volatile to say the least. We’ve been jumping between heat waves, high humidity and thunderstorms, all of which can take a toll on your mood and your body. But one thing most people don’t think about is how the heat affects your teeth, so this week DentistInFleet are here to help Fleet residents take care of their teeth in the hot weather.
Side Effects Of Hot Summer Days
When the heat comes rolling in in Fleet, there are a few things we all typically do. Because the hot days in this country are generally quite rare, we rush outside to make the most of it whenever we can and head to the great outdoors. This could be anything from curling up in the grass with a good book, heading to the playground with the kids or to the pub with friends to just drink in the warmth. It’s a wonderful feeling! And when we get a bit too warm, there is one summer staple we all turn to to keep us cool – ice cream.
But there are hidden dangers in ice cream. No, I don’t mean any nasties lurking to attack; instead it’s the high levels of sugar that act as a risk to your dental health. Because we are likely to stay outside as long as possible to make the most of the heat, that thick layer of extra sugar can stay on our teeth for hours, and this can be extremely damaging. One of the most common procedures (for young and old) that we perform here are fillings – which are nearly always the result of sugar consumption combined with inadequate teeth cleaning.
Cutting Down The Sugar Risk
Fortunately, there is a way to protect against the extra sugar this summer. After you have finished your ice cream (or soft drink or even beer, for that matter) make sure you have a drink of water. For the first few mouthfuls, swill the water around your mouth thoroughly before swallowing. This small action drastically reduces the amount of sugar that will have stuck to your teeth, and protects them against extra decay at the hands of an ice cream. This doesn’t remove the need for cleaning your teeth altogether, but it’s a quick, cheap and easy way to reduce the damage. And besides, you should be staying hydrated in the heat anyway!
Hydration Hydration Hydration!
It’s a fairly well known fact that humans need to drink a certain amount of water a day (though it can change from person to person) to stay healthy and hydrated, especially on a hot day. If we drink water we remain healthy and hydrated, but the little known side effect to this is the positive impact it will have on our oral health.
When we don’t drink enough water, our mouths become very dry. This is more than just a nasty feeling we want to get rid of – it’s also the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs. The bacteria that likes to make it’s home in your mouth can cause gingivitis and periodontitis (also known as gum disease). If left untreated these bacteria will multiply and start to erode the gums, bone and pulp tissue of your teeth and eventually cause tooth loss, so it’s important that they are treated early. By keeping your mouth hydrated, you are making it more difficult for the bacteria to breed, and with regular cleaning they will disappear altogether.
So while you’re out enjoying the Fleet heat wave this year and munching on your ice cream, remember to stay hydrated and rinse your mouth with water when you are finished eating. It’s a little thing that can make a big difference. And no matter how tiring your day lying in the sunny fields has been, remember to clean your teeth thoroughly before you go to bed.