Summer is one of the busiest times of the year.
School may be out, but your kids are probably involved in some activity or another. That keeps you moving from place to place when you aren’t going to or from work.
Summer is also a busy time for most people socially. How many “save the date” cards have you received this year? Do you have a high school or family reunion coming up soon? How about a family or a romantic vacation?
No matter what your summer plans are, plan to keep your smile looking great during the hottest season of the year with help from our team at Highlands Ranch Smiles.
Protect Your Smile
There are some things we should be doing year-round to keep our smiles looking their best.
This starts with preventive dentistry, and it includes things you should do at home along with routine visits to our dentist office.
Again, these are things we all know that we should do.
Start with brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes at a time. Also remember to clean between your teeth once per day. You can do this with dental floss, flossers, or water flossers. The important thing is to clean the spaces that your toothbrush can’t reach.
You also should visit the dentist office for a professional dental cleaning and exam a few times throughout the year.
And there is no better time than summer to do this. You don’t have to take your kids out of school. Plus, you don’t want to get surprised with cavity while you are on your next vacation.
Last but not least, we know that many people participate in sports throughout the summer. If you are one of them, please wear an athletic mouthguard to protect your smile. We can create a custom-fitted mouthguard for you in our office.
Special Concerns With Summer Weather
Summer is the warmest season of the year. People are more likely to work and play outside during the summer because of the longer daylight hours. That hard work pays off in a lot of ways, but it can also lead to dehydration.
Two of the earliest signs of dehydration are thirst and a dry mouth. This can affect your oral health as well. People who are prone to dry mouth are more likely to develop gum disease and tooth decay. Without saliva, you are less likely to wash away plaque and bacteria.
That’s why it’s important to take water breaks regularly whenever you are working or playing outdoors. You want to stay hydrated throughout the day.
With that said, we know that it’s tempting to drink a sports drink or a soft drink. Doing this from time to time is OK, but drinking those drinks all the time can increase your risk of tooth decay, too. Many soft drinks and sports drinks contain as much sugar as a candy bar. So, if you are going to drink a sports drink, try to alternate with tap water as well.
Improve Your Smile
Remember those social events we mentioned in the introduction. In today’s age of social media, your picture is likely to be taken and shared at any of them.
Besides, you also will be interacting with people at these events as well. A nice smile can help you feel more confident and help you make a good impression. It’s also why you may want to take advantage of the many cosmetic services our dentists offer in Highlands Ranch, CO.
KöR professional teeth whitening is one of our most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry. It works fast, and it’s an effective way to remove deep stains from your smile.
Another option to consider might be dental veneers. You can get individual veneers or a full set of veneers depending on whether you want to fix a single tooth or your entire smile.
Dental veneers can give you a white, bright smile, but they also can be used to fix chipped, cracked, and worn-down teeth. Veneers can make your teeth look straight, and they can close gaps between your teeth as well.
Make Your Appointment Soon
It’s always a good time to take care of your smile. Let our team at Highlands Ranch Smiles help you. Call 720-644-8186 or contact us online to request your appointment or to learn more about our many services.