Can hot weather pose extra risks for oral health?

Simple tips to keep your teeth and gums healthy….

It is well known that the foods that we eat can have an impact on our oral health. Other factors can also contribute of course, including how well (or otherwise!) you clean your teeth.

Probably few people consider the impact of hot weather on our teeth and gums, but it does pose some additional risks which are worth considering.

Below, our Epson family dentist looks at some of the ways that hot weather can adversely affect our oral health and what you can do to minimise the risk.

Water water water…

One of the most important things that you can do to keep teeth and gums healthy in hot weather is to drink plenty of water. For many people, doing this is common sense. A lot of people though may be more tempted by the ice cold carbonated drinks that are on sale. Unfortunately, whilst these may help to quench your thirst, they often contain high levels of sugar and can be quite highly acidic. In addition to this, they will not hydrate you as well as water does.

So why is hydration so important for a healthy mouth? Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the UK and the bacteria which make this more likely, thrive in warm and dry environments, such as a dry mouth. If you are not properly hydrated, your mouth is more likely to become dry, especially during the night whilst we sleep, allowing the number of bacteria to increase.

Moderate alcohol

Whilst a cold pint of beer might seem incredibly tempting when the weather is hot, alcohol will also cause you to become dehydrated. If you do drink, make sure that you alternate your alcoholic drinks with water. There is also a heightened risk of accidents if you have drunk too much. Broken or chipped teeth are a particular risk here and are easily avoided with a little common sense!

Dental hygienists

Whilst the team at Clocktower Dental can provide lots of “self-help” tips to help maintain good oral health, it does not negate the need for professional supervision by dentists and dental hygienists. Even with diligent cleaning at home, there are likely to be small amounts of hardened bacteria (tartar) which attach to the teeth and gum line, which brushing and flossing alone will not remove. A professional, thorough clean at our local Epsom dental surgery, is an excellent way to keep this under control and help you maintain healthier teeth and gums.

If you live in Epsom in Surrey, and would like to register with a local dentist offering a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry, please call the Clock Tower Dental Clinic on 01372 720136.