During the summer it is important to extreme oral hygiene and visit the dentist whenever we notice an abnormal sensation in the mouth since heat, ice cream or alcoholic beverages can cause the development of oral pathologies.
Although there is no scientific evidence on summer, the number of cases related to oral pathologies, yes, it is true that we tend to relax and change our oral hygiene habits; This can lead to cavities and other problems.
Oral problems during the summer
During the summer, the main problem that it suffers is the dryness of our organism. Sport, heat and greater exposure to the sun cause our mouth to sequence more than it normally does, varies the density of our saliva and reduces its lubricating capacity. This ends up causing the proliferation of oral bacteria.
It is essential that during the summer months we incorporate fruits and vegetables into our daily diet, that we provide the necessary hydration to prevent the oral sequence. It is also convenient to increase the volume of daily water consumption. Although in children and adult patients the buccal sequence does not carry a great risk, it can be a real problem for our elderly, who have difficulties in maintaining a hydrosaline balance.
There are other oral problems that can appear during the summer:
- Bacterial plaque: We spend more time away from home than during other months of the year, we brush our teeth less. Lack of oral hygiene allows the accumulation of bacterial plaque.
- Hypersensitivity: This uncomfortable and painful sensation usually appears after taking normally very cold food; like ice cream and slush that are so abundant in summer.
- Caries: They appear when we abuse sugar and in summer we usually opt for the consumption of ice cream, sangria or soft drinks that contain high doses of sugar that, in addition to caries, cause the erosion of the enamel and dentin of our teeth.
- Trauma: Summer also brings water sports, which are not exempt from possible blows to the teeth that cause injuries or fractures.
- Halitosis: Tobacco and alcohol are related to the appearance of halitosis. Therefore, during the summer it is key that we reduce or eliminate these habits.
- Barodontalgia: Related to scuba diving, this pathology can cause grave pain in patients with previous dental problems.
- The effect of chlorine: Among the chemical elements that make up this substance that is used in swimming pools, we find those that break down the proteins in our saliva causing an increase in oral bacteria.
How can we take care of our oral health?
Now that you know what pathologies can affect in the summer, it is essential that you know how you can protect during these months to avoid the appearance of all these problems or how to treat them so that they do not become something really uncomfortable in the short term.
- Hygiene: many of the pathologies that we have talked about before can prevent carrying these good habits of oral hygiene. That is why it is important that you continue brushing your teeth after each meal and that you use mouthwash and dental floss as much as possible. It is highly recommended that you take a toothbrush with you when you leave home.
- Not without your splints: This recommendation applies only to those patients who are in an Invisible Orthodontic treatment. Don’t forget to wear the splints as long as you can during the summer. If you ask your dentist you can know what recommendations to follow with your splints on the beach or the pool.
- Annual check-ups: In addition to good hygiene, maintaining good oral health requires oral check-ups at least once a year. Now that summer begins, it is a good time to get it done so that you can know the state of your oral health and how to take care of it during the hottest months of the year.
Visit Dental Quality Centers of the Canary Islands
Whether for a professional cleaning, an emergency, an oral check-up or for an implant or orthodontic treatment, the Centros de Calidad Dental is your dental clinic and that of your whole family. They are specialized in all kinds of oral treatments so they can be diagnosed and treated in the fastest and most accurate way so that you can enjoy the summer without oral complications.
Therefore, if you notice discomfort during these months and want to know how to take care of yourself, contact them through the email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 922 28 32 53.