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What Types Of UV Protection Are There For Your Teeth?

Posted on 11/20/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
What Types Of UV Protection Are There For Your Teeth?You're probably wondering how the teeth can get affected by UV rays. Well, they can do so when they are directly exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time.

That must come as a surprise, because the thought of getting your teeth sunburned is probably not one you've had recently. In fact, if you ask anyone of your friends, they'll probably tell you it's not possible.

To be sure, it isn't possible to sunburn your teeth, for the most part; at least it won't happen with normal exposure. The teeth do need healthy amounts of sunshine so as to synthesize vitamin D, which helps in the absorption of calcium, which is necessary for healthy teeth. On the other hand, too much sunlight can be bad for teeth that have just undergone a teeth whitening procedure as they are extra sensitive during that time. Also, too much sunlight isn't good for your lips and gums. Those can definitely get burned!

The different Ways you can protect your Teeth

You can start with a lip balm for your lips. While this isn't a direct form of protection for your teeth, it is definitely important for your lips and healthy lips contribute to healthy teeth indirectly. Make sure you the lip balm is UV-blocking and has an SPF of at least 15. That way you protect your lips from cancer.

You should also drink as much water as you can to keep your mouth hydrated. Drinking lots of water causes you to produce more saliva, which protects your teeth and gums in a myriad of ways. It also keeps your mouth from burning. A dry mouth is responsible for decaying teeth, bad breath, and gum disease.

By protecting your overall mouth from too much exposure to the sun, you will be protecting your teeth as well. Too much of anything isn't good and sunlight certainly isn't an exception. To learn more about this, don't hesitate to visit us at our office.
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