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Hot Weather and Oral Health

It is expected to be over 105 degrees the next couple of days in the Simi Valley area as well as all over the greater Los Angeles. Will this scorching hot weather have any effect on your teeth and your oral health?

The hot weather itself has little effect on your teeth. However, how you respond to the hot weather could affect your oral health. Drinking plenty of water is important so that you stay hydrated, since being dehydrated could lower saliva production and make your mouth dry. Saliva plays a vital role in preventing oral infections. As a natural defense mechanism, saliva helps prevent plaque and bacteria build up, which in turn prevents bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Saliva also helps repair and remineralize weak tooth enamel.

Water is the best source for hydration. Soda, lemonade, punch, beer, and other drinks may seem very refreshing, but they contain high amounts of sugar and acids that can weaken the enamel on your teeth. If you must consume sugary drinks or snacks, then rinse your mouth with water in-between drinks and snacks to wash away the harmful chemicals from your teeth and reduce the negative effects on your oral health. Diet sodas are no better; they also contain acids that can weaken your teeth.

If you need further relief from the heat, then visit our cool air-conditioned office for a teeth cleaning. Call us at (805) 529-4821 for an appointment. Or send us a message and we will call you to schedule the appointment.