Tips for Preventing Dental Emergencies During Summer Activities

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The new school year is just around the corner, but thankfully there is still plenty of time to soak up some summer fun. But one thing that is not so fun is dealing with a dental emergency. No matter how you’re passing your summer days away, don’t forget to take care of your smile. Here are some tips to help you avoid making an unexpected trip to the dentist this summer.

Schedule a Dental Checkup

Before heading on a vacation, take the time to visit your dentist. We will examine your teeth and make sure that you don’t have any cavities or signs of gum disease that could turn into something more serious during your trip. By scheduling a preventive dental checkup, you can relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing your smile is healthy.

Wear an Athletic Mouthguard

Summer is the perfect time to have fun playing sports, from a pick-up basketball game to a casual soccer match. But be cautious—sports-related injuries are one of the most common causes of dental emergencies. When engaging in physical activity, be sure to wear an athletic mouthguard to protect your smile!

Eat Tooth-Healthy Foods

On hot summer days, you may find yourself reaching for a popsicle, ice cream cone, or refreshing glass of sweet tea. While these treats are great for cooling down on a sunny afternoon, they also contain high levels of sugar and acid, which contribute to oral health complications. Balance out your diet with tooth-healthy foods like carrot sticks, apple slices, nuts, and cheeses. And stay well hydrated! Drinking lots of water will help wash away sugar and promote saliva production to neutralize acids in the mouth.

Preventive Dental Care in San Marcos, CA

While the team at Mission Hills Family Dental always looks forward to seeing our patients, we hope that you won’t have to come in this summer for an emergency visit. But if you do require a same-day appointment, we reserve time in our daily schedules to accommodate emergencies and will do everything we can to get you back on your feet ASAP. In the meantime, come see us for a routine cleaning and exam or to get a custom-made athletic mouthguard, and enjoy a safe and fun summer!

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