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The sun is well and truly out in Whistler, and with it comes all the activities that we love. However, while we’re jumping on our bikes and chilling by the lake, it’s important not to take a vacation from cleaning our teeth. Although it’s true that sensible exposure to the sun can actually improve our oral health, it can be very easy to accidentally overdo it. Here are a few little steps you can take to protect your mouth this summer and keep your teeth in perfect condition.

Prevent dental injuries with a mouth guard

There’s a reason almost all professional athletes use mouth guards. If you’re biking, or even just enjoying some ball games at the lake, it’s important to protect your teeth. We don’t need to tell you that cracking a tooth can be incredibly painful, for both you and your bank balance. Buy an over the counter mouth guard if you must, or head to your dentist for a high quality, custom-fit mouth guard that will give your teeth great protection for all your competitive sporting.

Wear sun protection on your lips

We all know to put on sunscreen and avoid the dreaded pain of burning. The same should go for our lips! The delicate skin on your lips is very susceptible to damage caused by UV rays, and over time this can lead to a variety of issues including skin cancer. If you plan on spending time out in the sun, make sure to bring a lip balm with you with at least SPF 15, and to keep applying it regularly.

Use your hands not your teeth (to open things)

Your teeth are for chewing food and that is about it. As great as they are, they are not meant to be used as scissors or pliers. When you’re opening drinks at a barbecue, or taking off the tags of your fresh new summer clothes, it can be tempting to substitute your teeth for tools as it seems the easiest and quickest option. This can do serious damage to your teeth, so make sure you remember a bottle opener for your next barbecue.

Ice cream and pop in moderation

Nothing quite tops an ice cream in the sun, and in Whistler this is especially true as we are spoilt for choice by all the ice cream parlours. It can be easy to overindulge when relaxing in summer, but you still need to be responsible for keeping your teeth healthy, and having sweet treats in moderation. Sugar enables harmful bacteria to thrive in your mouth, so brush your teeth after snacks, and limit your consumption to one or two sittings, as opposed to eating sugar constantly throughout the day.

Don’t forget your oral hygiene

During summer it’s typical for your routine to fall to the wayside. That’s ok! Summer is all about relaxing and lounging around. However, one routine you should stick to is your oral hygiene routine. If you’re up late, it can be tempting to fall straight into bed, and promise yourself you’ll brush your teeth first thing in the morning. No matter what time of year, brushing your teeth 2-3 times per day and flossing daily are essential for your overall health and well-being.

Here at Whistler Dental we hope you have a great summer and enjoy exploring all that Whistler has to offer. We can’t stress enough the importance of looking after your teeth all year round, so if you need a check up or are just looking for advice, get in contact.

Often when the word mouthguard is mentioned, images of hockey players with missing teeth are conjured. In reality, the use of a mouthguard extends into a great number of sports. Determining if you would benefit from wearing one is simple: Do you want to protect your teeth and jaw while playing sports? If you answered yes, then exploring mouthguard options is for you. Choosing to get a custom mouthguard depends on what your personal preferences are regarding comfort level, price range, materials, and protection level.

What Exactly Is a Custom Mouthguard?

A custom-made mouth guard is fabricated by a dentist. The dentist takes a detailed mold of your teeth and then creates the protection out of thermoplastic materials. Since they are designed to fit perfectly in your mouth, they are considered by many to be the most protective option available.

What Are The Benefits?

Wearing a custom mouthguard while playing sports is the best protection for not only your teeth but your jaw and head. It will help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. Additionally, they can help absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck, and limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw; thus, reducing the risk of damage a blow to the head can cause.

How Long Do They Last?

Generally speaking, a custom mouthguard should be replaced every few years. To increase its longevity, a mouth guard must be taken care of and cleaned properly like any other appliance that is utilized to help your teeth. It should also be replaced once it becomes worn out because it will no longer offer a high level of protection.

Here are some tips on how to keep your mouthguard clean and in good condition:

  • Gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.
  • Store it in its protective case.
  • To prevent it from melting or becoming deformed, keep it out of hot water or the sun.
  • Avoid chewing on it.
  • Replace it if it doesn’t fit properly and at the beginning of a new sports season

How Do I get One?

Custom-fit mouthguards can only be obtained through your dentist. If you are eligible for one, your dentist will arrange a time when you can be fitted for a dental mould to begin the process of creating your custom mouthguard.

If you are considering a custom mouthguard or have questions regarding one, be sure to talk to your dental professional.