Are you enjoying this heatwave?
We know we certainly are! We can’t quite believe this weather. We’ve almost forgotten what rain looks like… almost. Did you know that this lovely warm weather can really affect your oral health? Heatstroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion can be bad news for your oral health.
What are the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustions?
Well you might encounter, headaches, dehydration, dizziness, brain fog, sweating excessively or not at all. Nausea, vomiting, feeling faint, and a lack of appetite are common too. In some serious cases, people will have seizures, or may become unconscious.
But what does dehydration mean for your teeth?
De-hydration is the symptom that is most likely going to cause your teeth and gums some damage. Dehydration is very harmful to your mouth. Saliva helps keep your mouth clean and moist. If your mouth is dry, it becomes a playground for bacteria.
With a dry mouth, you could encounter:
- Bad breath
None of them pleasant. Nobody wants to walk around with bad breath! Cavities will require treatment from a dentist in the form of fillings, root canals or in some cases, extraction. Gingivitis is the term for inflammation of the gums. It is a mild form of gum disease and tends to result in redness, swelling and bleeding of the gum tissue, particularly when you brush or floss your teeth, or bite into hard foods. None of the above are pleasant, so what can you do to prevent them?
Looking after yourself!
Follow these top tips to avoid sun stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion to ensure that you’re looking after your overall health, but your teeth and gums too!
Drink plenty of water. Stay away from fruit juices, fizzy drinks and alcohol as these can actually dehydrate you even further. Try to drink a glass of water every hour during hot days.
Stay in the shade. We all love a tan, but if we burn, our body requires more water to remain at a regular temperature. Avoid long periods of sun exposure, be sure to wear sun lotion and take shade during the hottest hours of the day.
Keep any rooms at work or at home well ventilated. Open windows, use fans and/or air conditioning if you have it.
Keep cool with cold snacks! We love sugar free ice lollies or even just chopped up fruit and veg that has been stored in the fridge!
Worried about your teeth?
If you’re worried about your teeth or have noticed a change in your oral health during this weather, it’s worth speaking to your dentist. It might be nothing, but we definitely think prevention is better than cure!
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