Living in the Midwest, the changing seasons can have a big impact on your oral health. Exposure to hot weather and the sun can dry out your lips and cause them to chap. Dry weather can mean dry mouth, which is one of the root causes of bad breath.
The change into the summer season – or any season for that matter – is a good time to revisit the oral care we are giving ourselves.
To keep your mouth healthy and happy, always be sure to:
- Drink plenty of water – This is good for your mouth and skin. It promotes saliva production that can help curb bad breath. Additionally, hydrated skin helps prevent over-drying and chapping.
- Protect yourself from the elements – While you’re basking in the summer sun on a beach (or in a lawn chair), it’s always important to protect your lips with a balm or gloss. The best products will be those that offer moisture and SPF protection.
- Use a humidifier – Having a humidifier running at home will help prevent dry mouth and will keep your lips from chapping during the summer season when the air is dry.
- Exfoliate your lips and tongue – Use your toothbrush to exfoliate your lips after brushing to keep the skin healthy and smooth. You should also use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean your tongue – it’s a great way to get rid of bacteria and prevent late spring/early summer colds.
To learn more about our Grand Rapids dentists and the services we offer, please contact us here or call us at (616) 364-8716. Our dental professionals strive to be the very best at providing patients with optimal care while making them feel right at home here in Grand Rapids, MI.