Sun Protection and Oral Health

Did you know the sun can impact your oral health? To mitigate the negative effects of sun exposure, you should incorporate sun protection into your daily oral hygiene routines.

Sun protection is commonly associated with safeguarding our skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation, but it is also essential to recognise the potential impact of the sun on our oral health. Like our skin, excessive sun exposure can be very harmful to the mouth and teeth, so what can we do to protect our mouths?

Stay Hydrated

If you spend lots of time outdoors and don’t drink enough water, you might become dehydrated. This can lead to dry mouth.

Dry mouth provides the perfect environment for your mouth to accumulate bacteria, as there isn’t enough liquid to wash them away. The result could be gum disease and cavities, so it is a good idea to sip on water throughout the day.

Protect Your Lips

The skin is not the only part of the body that can be damaged by the sun; the lips, often forgotten about, are also susceptible to sunburn. When the lips become sunburned, they can become dry cracked, and painful. This not only makes it difficult to speak, eat and drink, but it can also lead to bacterial infections.

Before going outside, it is good to apply a lip balm with SPF. Those listed as SPF of at least 15 are the best option.

Stay Sun Smart

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or using an umbrella when spending extended periods of time outdoors can provide shade and reduce direct sun exposure to the face and lips.

To mitigate the negative effects of sun exposure on oral health, individuals can incorporate sun protection into their daily oral hygiene routines.

Speak to the Team

If you have any further questions, please speak to the team at Smile Place Dental.

Latest Articles
March 2, 2024
A Guide to Children’s Teeth

As parents, we want the best for our children, this includes wanting the best for their oral health. Understanding the development of children's teeth, how to properly care for them, and how to handle tooth pain are essential aspects of ensuring a bright and healthy smile for our little ones. In this guide, we will explore these topics and provide you with valuable insights to keep your child's teeth in tip-top shape.

Read More
February 15, 2024
How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush

How often should you change your toothbrush? What are the signs of a brush that should be replaced? What happens if you use a toothbrush way past its prime?

Read the below blog where we answer the above questions and many more to make sure your toothbrush is being changed when it needs to be.

Read More
January 30, 2024
Beat the Back to Work Blues: Stress and Your Oral Health

Whilst we often associate stress with emotional and mental well-being, its effects flow throughout our bodies, including our oral health. The connection between stress and oral health may not be immediately apparent, but research has shown that chronic stress can lead to a variety of dental problems.

Read More

Come see our dentists at:

Smile Place
Forrest Hill Dental

249 Canterbury Road
Forest Hill 3131
Map Link
03 9877 3724 Book An Appointment

Smile Place
Glen Iris Dental

38 High Street
Glen Iris 3146
View Map
03 9048 1026 Book An Appointment

Smile Place
Tecoma Dental

1586 Burwood Highway
Tecoma 3160
View Map
03 9754 2148 Book An Appointment