As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe, personality, and even our smile! And while you may not think of your smile in a seasonal way, the weather can take a serious toll on your mouth. As the summer approaches, it’s important to be prepared so you can have fun in the sun, instead of worrying about your health.

Wear lip sunscreen. We don’t just mean to slather on the SPF before you hit the beach, your lips are exposed to the sun’s UV rays also! And the tissue around your mouth is very delicate, making it vulnerable to damage and the development of cancer. So, make sure you add applying lip balm with SPF to your daily to-do list.

Stay hydrated. As the temperatures begin to rise, you may become more prone to dehydration. It’s important to continue to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day. As a result, you’ll not only improve your overall well-being, but you’ll also protect your smile from problems like decay and dry mouth.
Keep a dental emergency bag on hand. A dental issue can happen anywhere at anytime (including your beach day or weekend road trip). Some dental travel essentials you should carry include: a travel-sized toothbrush, dental floss, Advil, as well as lip balm with SPF.