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Is Sunlight Good for Your Smile?

May 11, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — dryoungblood @ 3:50 am

Woman in pool enjoying the summer sunSummer is here, and you’re ready to lie by the pool to soak up the sun. Although venturing outdoors is beneficial, there are certain complications associated with the heat if you aren’t careful, like dehydration and sunburns. While you know you must be proactive to stay hydrated, is there anything you should be doing to protect your smile from the summer sun? Believe it or not, heading outdoors can actually boost your oral health.

Maintain a Healthy Smile for Summer

The weather is heating up, which means spending plenty of time outside absorbing vitamin D and working on your tan, but there’s another benefit of sunshine. Research shows it can help your gum health. According to a publication in the journal of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, there is a connection between healthy gums and sunlight.

Vitamin D is crucial for maintaining strong bones and regulating your immune system. Unfortunately, about 1 billion people around the world are vitamin D deficient. If you’re among those who aren’t getting enough of the vitamin, you might be more prone to infections, like gum disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates over 50% of adults have the infection. You can safeguard your smile from the number one cause of tooth loss by simply stepping outside.

Although vitamin D can be found in many foods and supplements, we get most of it from the sun. By heading outside, you’ll ensure you are giving your immune system the strength it needs to combat the bacteria that cause gum disease.

Stay Safe During Summer

While it’s important to go outdoors, the sun and heat have risks. You’ll want to avoid the dangers of being in the sun for too long, like wearing sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply it to your lips because they can also get sunburned. You’ll need to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration while also cleansing your teeth of harmful bacteria in between brushing and flossing.

As you make the most of the season, take additional measures to keep your smile healthy, like brushing your teeth twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for at least two minutes. Floss between each tooth at least once a day.

Besides caring for your smile at home, keep a slot open in your schedule for your semi-annual cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will remove tartar buildup that can lead to gum disease while also monitoring your smile for any signs of the infection. You can enjoy every minute of the warm weather and achieve a healthy smile that’s as bright as the summer sun.

About Dr. Thomas Youngblood

Dr. Youngblood is a dentist in Center for exceptional services. He earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health and Science Center and is a member of various dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. If you need a dentist with experience you can trust, contact our office today for an appointment.

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