Summer oral health tips from your local Egham dentist.
Summer is well on its way, which means there are lots of things to look forward to. Music festivals, barbeques, frozen treats, the long light evenings - there are so many great aspects of summer. There can be a downside though, when it comes to your oral health at least, because there are so many opportunities for your teeth to become damaged.
Don't worry just yet though, there are plenty of ways to avoid this, and maintain a big healthy smile all summer! Here are the potential oral health risks you might face this summer, and how to avoid them.
Sports - There are a lot of contact sports and ball sports that we play in summer that pose a risk to the teeth. If you plan on playing a contact sport or ball sport regularly, you are at risk of soft tissue, gum and tooth injuries that can result in a dental emergency.
How to avoid it? Please visit your Egham dentist to discuss a custom gumshield that will protect your mouth during sports. If you do play risky sports and you do have a dental emergency, you can contact us during our opening hours for advice and help, or out of hours call 111 or the Surrey Helpline. You can find all the contact information on our website.
How the "make up" of our bodies can affect oral health.
When it comes to dental health, we all know a great dental health regime works wonders for keeping the teeth healthy and bright. But are there aspects of oral health that we don't have control over? Is it possible that we are predisposed to certain conditions, issues or aesthetics when it comes to our oral health?
The 'nature versus nurture' argument still rages strong in the world of dentistry, with evidence, studies and opinions coming out almost annually to support the idea that genes have an impact on oral health. The opposing side to this argument suggests that the way you care for your teeth from being a child to adulthood is the determining factor, because even teeth that are predisposed to being 'bad' won't necessarily become 'bad' if they are looked after properly. There is no conclusive evidence to give a 'yes or no' on this debate, but it is important to recognise that oral health can be affected by genetic factors, as well as the habits taught to us as a child.
So, How Much Do Genes Affect Oral Health?
Genes can have an impact on many aspects of your oral health and can predispose you to various issues including:
● How resilient teeth and gums are
● The shape, quality and size of gums and teeth, for example, people with a lot of gum in their smile often come from at least one parent with the same type of smile
● Issues with the jaw
● Overcrowding of the teeth
● Gum disease
● Enamel strength
● Tooth grinding (bruxism)
Individuals may find they have similar oral health issues to the ones their parents have.
Habits Matter More
Chocolate is the biggest part of Easter for most children. We know from experience here at our Egham dentist, that kids get extremely excited about all the chocolate eggs they are going to enjoy at Easter. Who can blame them really? There's something about a chocolate egg that tastes better than a chocolate bar, and nobody really knows why!
The only problem with all this abundance of chocolate at Easter, is the impact it can have on the teeth. If it was just one day, it may be OK to think that the damage is limited. However, more often than not the entire month following is centred around consuming the many eggs that have come into the house.
So, how much chocolate is too much?
Clearly there is an element of personal choice here, and our Egham dentist is certainly not here to place judgement on anyone. However, we can advise you on the best way to avoid damage to the teeth when they are exposed to a lot of sugar, as they are over Easter. The ideal scenario would be that some chocolate is consumed as dessert after a meal and only then. Water would then be consumed to rinse away the remaining sticky chocolate, and that would be the entire Easter process. However, this isn't the case for most families, so here are some suggestions to help you curb dental damage during this chocolatey holiday:
Consume chocolate with meals
Sure you might have one day where the kids are allowed chocolate all day (usually Easter Sunday) however, the rest of the time chocolate can be kept in a drawer and given out as a treat at mealtimes. That way, the child's teeth aren't constantly exposed to sugar.
Avoid acidic sweets and sticky chocolate treats