Tips for Summer Tooth Care in Burkburnett
There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing drink to hydrate you by the pool or on the beach, but you must avoid chewing the ice that’s keeping your drink nice and frosty. Patients who suffer from TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorders), especially, have to avoid chewing ice no matter how tempting it may be.
Chewing ice is hard on the temporomandibular joints and can certainly exacerbate the numerous symptoms of TMD, including jaw pain, jaw tightness, ringing in the ears, and clicking noises in the jaw. Chewing ice can also crack a tooth, chip a tooth, or break a tooth off completely. When that happens, you can bet you’ll spend some time in your Burkburnett’s cosmetic dentist’s chair for TMJ treatment and to fix those damaged teeth.
Here are some more tips for summer tooth care:
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water—dehydration results in a lack of saliva production, which means bacteria and food particles stick around and eventually turn into plaque. As much as you’d like a daiquiri or margarita to keep you hydrated, water is the best way. Make sure the kids drink plenty of water in between juice boxes, milk, and lemonade.
- Limit sugary food and drinks for adults and children. Summer treats, including ice cream and snow cones, are filled with sugar. Instead of those treats, add some fresh fruit into your family’s snack time.
- Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains sunscreen. Burnt lips that become dry and chapped are painful and take away from the aesthetics of your mouth. Try to find a lip balm with at least a 15 SPF.
- When traveling, make sure you pack all of your dental hygiene needs, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, and any other tools of the oral hygiene trade you use at home. Keep toothbrushes stored in a sanitized carrying case or zip lock bag to ensure they stay nice and clean.
- Teach small children the importance of dental hygiene when traveling and make it fun for them to pack their own stuff if they are old enough to do so.
- Never use your teeth as a tool to open bags or bottles. While it may be tempting to rip that bag of chips open with your teeth when you’re tired of traveling but resist that temptation. One wrong move and your tooth could chip, crack, or come out altogether. Broken teeth will surely put a damper on your travel plans.
- If you’re planning an extended stay away from home, please do research and find the names and locations of a couple of dentists just in case you have a dental emergency while on vacation.