How to Protect Your Mouth During the Summer

crop familyHere are a few things you can do to protect your mouth and lips from some of the summer’s biggest dental culprits (without sacrificing the fun). Carry Floss Sticks

Summer is synonymous with snacking; from sitting around a campfire eating s’mores to waiting in line for a hot dog at Wonderland, the potential for cavities is high. The best way you can keep your teeth in tip top condition (and avoid those awkward ‘you-have-food-in-between-your-teeth’ moments) is by carrying around floss sticks and using them liberally.

Floss after every snack or meal that has a high likelihood of staining your teeth, getting stuck in between them, or causing cavities. While toothpicks are another effective option, be very careful as they’re known to cause damage to gum tissue if not used gently.

Go Easy on the Sugary Alcoholic Beverages

We know how bad wine can be for your teeth, but most coolers and other alco-pops (like Palm Bay, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi Breezers, and Smirnoff Ice) contain HIGH amounts of sugar on top of the alcohol, meaning they can be absolutely terrible for your teeth if you’re not careful.

Moderation is key here. It can be tempting to drink far more than you usually would because the alcohol content tends to be much lower (around 5%) than a standard glass of wine or highball drink so it takes longer for you to feel the effects. While the lower alcohol content might be kinder to your liver, the sugar from indulging in too many coolers can be a killer for your teeth.

Use Lip Balm with SPF

Putting sunblock on during the summer months is second nature for many of us, but the lips are forgotten far too often. Your face gets the most sun exposure of any part of your body, meaning every part of it should be protected.

Find a lip balm or lipstick with at least SPF 15 and slather it on multiple times a day. If you want to wear a lipstick, then use the lip balm as a base so you still get the necessary coverage.