Summer is nearly here. Are you ready for fun in the sun? Backyard cookouts and family volleyball games are what makes summer so great. Running, drinking, eating, and generally having a good time. Nothing can put a damper on this kind of fun.
Until your show-off cousin spikes a volleyball right to your face and knocks out your favorite tooth.
Summer is great, but it certainly comes with risks, and there’s no exception when it comes to oral health. There is so much to do over the summer, and much of it could lead to a dental injury, be it a cracked tooth, a broken set of dentures, or a knocked-out tooth.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we want everyone to have a good time this summer in Orlando, but we also want you to have a full set of healthy teeth to help you better enjoy the season.
Summer Fun, Summer Emergency
Whether you fill your summer with full contact sports, like basketball and soccer, or you just play a little badminton and go for walks in the woods, the potential for a dental emergency is out there. You could take an elbow to the face by an overzealous defender, or get whacked in the mouth by a tree limb let loose by an inconsiderate hiking partner. Either scenario could leave you with a broken, chipped, or missing tooth.
If you find yourself on the receiving end of one of these accidents, then stay calm and see if you can find the broken or knocked out tooth. If you find the broken piece of tooth, rinse it off and then place it in a container and cover it with saliva or milk. If your tooth is knocked out, then rinse the tooth to make sure it is free of debris. Try to place the tooth back in its soket and hold it there until you can get to our office. If you can’t hold the tooth in its socket, then do the same as with the broken tooth, put it in a container and cover it with saliva or milk.
If your tooth gets a small chip, then that is likely more of a cosmetic issue, but you should still let us check it out very soon, just to make sure the tooth is not fractured.
In the Mood for Cookout Food
There are two things to consider when thinking about what you are going to eat this summer. One, many of the foods served at cookouts is not very good for your teeth, and two, if you are already missing teeth, or your teeth are unhealthy, then you are going to have a hard time enjoying the cookout food.
Your typical grilled meats, like hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken legs are great summer foods, but they have a habit of leaving little bits of grilled meat between your teeth. At the very least, this can cause irritation until you brush and floss. At worst, these bits of food can hide and feed bacteria, leading to all sorts of dental problems, like gum disease and tooth decay.
If you are using any barbeque sauce on these grilled meats, then you are adding sugar and vinegar to the mix. Sugar feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay, while acid weakens the enamel that protects your teeth. Sugar and acid is another big concern if you are drinking any homemade lemonade this summer. The lemon juice is loaded with citric acid, and lemonade isn’t lemonade without a ton of sugar.
A simple way to combat the effects of barbecue sauce and lemonade is to drink plenty of water along with these summer treats. The water will wash away the sugar and help to restore the chemical balance to your mouth by neutralizing the acid. Of course, you will need to brush and floss twice a day, as well.
Come See Us
Hopefully, this summer in Orlando will be nothing but blue skies and good times, but even if you don’t experience a dental emergency, be sure you stop in and see us at Overmeyer Family Dental.
Regular cleanings and examinations will allow us to make sure your teeth stay strong and healthy. After all, if your teeth are unhealthy or missing, you are going to have a hard time chewing.
How are you going to eat corn on the cob with no teeth?
So, let us help you take care of your teeth and keep you smiling throughout the summer.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.