3 Ways to Protect Your Summer Smile

Dental Health

Safeguard Your Smile with These Tips

Summer is the season of relaxing vacations and outdoor fun. A time to kick back and enjoy some rest and recreation time.

Accidents don’t take a vacay, though, and mishaps still occur — even on your time off — and dental emergencies are no exception. Many dental injuries are fixable, and cosmetic dentistry is your go-to solution for cracked, chipped, broken, or missing teeth.

As much as we love to welcome patients into our San Mateo cosmetic dental office, we also want to make sure your teeth are safe and sound. Here are a few tips for preventing summertime dental emergencies.

Invest in a Mouthguard

Sports like softball, basketball, and football — even an outdoor activity like cycling – can be the source of dental misadventures. A rogue ball, a thrown elbow, or a rough tackle can cause broken, chipped, or missing teeth.

You can protect your teeth during sporting events with a professionally fitted mouthguard. A custom mouthguard is easily accomplished by our dental care team and is specific to the shape of your teeth and mouth.

Wear a Bike Helmet

Nasty spills are frequently the source of many types of injuries, including head and facial injuries, broken bones, and damaged teeth.

Bike helmets aren’t just for kids! Adults are just as much at risk for injury when cycling, skateboarding, or in-line skating. Grab a stylish helmet to protect your head and face, guard your teeth, and increase your visibility on the road.

Watch Out for Snacks and Sweets

Many summertime treats can lead to dental concerns too. Chewing on ice or brittle candy can crack your teeth (as can using your teeth as tools to open bottles). Quenching your sweet tooth with summertime favorites like popsicles, cotton candy, and gooey, sweet pies may lead to tooth decay.

Not to say that you can’t indulge in occasional treats just for fun! Just watch your sugar intake and be sure to keep up with your good oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing. Since no one can foresee when an accident will happen, it’s best to be prepared with preventive measures and keep your teeth healthy!

If you do find yourself with a dental emergency this summer, don’t put off getting help.

Broken or chipped teeth can cut your lips or tongue, cracks can worsen, infections can develop. San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is here if needed, and our services include bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns, and implants.

Be safe this summer!