2 Tips For Preventing A Summer Dental Emergency [BLOG]

As you face another fun summer with your family, know who to rely on when you need dental treatment in a hurry!

Our team at Advanced Dental Center in Florence, SC will help you in a dental emergency so your healthy smile stays that way!

2 Tips For Preventing A Summer Dental Emergency

Here are two simple tips that could mean the difference between a summer free of dental damage and a summer marred by a dental emergency!

*Stay Away From Hard Candy*

With the kids home for summer break or a family vacation on the books, you’re more likely to enjoy more of those sugary ‘once-in-awhile’ foods and treats.

Maybe the kids don’t have to get up as early during the summer months, so you’re a bit more lenient about how much candy you let them eat.

Or you snack on hard or chewy candies while telling yourself that it’s okay because you’re on vacation.

We can all relate to some version of these scenarios this time of year, right?

What’s important to be aware of, however, is that excess sugar is only more food for bad bacteria in your mouth. The feasting that happens as a result is what leads to the creation of harmful acids that erode and weaken your tooth enamel.

Leading to, you guessed it, an increased risk for dental damage at the worst possible time.

You can rinse your mouth with water after you indulge your sweet tooth in between daily brushing and flossing.

But if you want to protect your teeth and gums even more, it’s best to try and avoid hard candies that can damage your enamel and lead to more problems, sooner or later.

*Don’t Chew On Ice Cubes*

When you’re down to the last gulp of your refreshing glass of lemonade, it’s tempting to then finish off the ice cubes one at a time to prolong the cooling effect.

While it does sound mouthwatering to do such a thing, especially in the heat of summer, you should know that crunching on ice cubes puts your smile at risk.

Ice can chip away at your tooth enamel, and whether you’re able to see the damage or not, even microscopic weak spots are enough for bacteria to break through.

This can ultimately lead to tooth decay, as well as painful, and even dangerous, bacterial infections.

Even assuming you won’t necessarily damage your enamel directly from chewing ice cubes, over time, this habit can wear your teeth down and give you an uneven outline and unsightly smile down the road.

Call Us For Emergency Dental Care

Avoiding foods and bad habits that can harm your teeth will decrease your risk for a dental emergency.

But we all know that life doesn’t come with guarantees and that accidents can happen at any time.

That’s why you need to know who to count on when you’re in need of emergency dental care.

Dr. Griffin and our team at Advanced Dental Center will be here to support you when you’re injured, in pain, and in need of dental treatment as soon as possible.

Call our Florence, SC dental office for help at (843) 588-1919 or fill out our online form to request a non-emergency appointment.


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