When seasons change from spring to summer, and especially when the final bell of the school year rings, it’s time to focus on fun and family time.
The same is true for our families here at Kellerman Dental, and we love to hear summer vacation stories from many of our patients as they venture out from the Edwardsville and Glen Carbon area.
While it’s fun to break out of our routines, it’s also important that we maintain healthy habits throughout the summer season. Of course, we want you to take care of your teeth, but as a member of the Kellerman Dental family we care about your holistic health.
Before you take off for summer vacation or just make plans to hit the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community pool, take a moment to check out these family wellness tips and put them into action:
While a tan may look nice, it’s important to think more long term – your skin is your biggest organ and the body registers every sun burn for life. Please be sure to avoid burns by applying quality sunscreen on a regular basis.
You might also consider specialty sun-resistant clothing and headwear. It’s better to sacrifice the perfect tan than to deal with skin cancer later on in life.
When you spend a lot of time outside – whether it’s for work or play – it’s critical to make sure to pack extra water and drink it throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to headaches, dizziness and fainting, but it also prevents nutrients from getting absorbed properly which causes other health issues.
And keep in mind that you don’t have to feel overly hot in order to experience dehydration. The water in the pool may feel nice, but you need to keep adding water to your body, too.
Heat-related illness can create serious health problems, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all day. Be sure you drink lots of water, wear loose fitting clothing and only exercise in the early morning or evening when your body can do a better job of regulating your temperature.
Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and find a cool place to lie down if you don’t feel well.
You didn’t think we would share a list of tips and leave this one out, did you?
When you head out on vacation, don’t let it become an excuse to miss a check-up or skip regular brushing and flossing – yes, you need to find room for a little floss in your luggage so you can reap the many benefits of flossing.
The reality is that summer can become a stressful season for families with all of the activities that we like to pursue. Don’t forget to give your body enough rest and include scheduled downtime to hang out and enjoy some relaxation time together.
From our whole team at Kellerman Dental, we wish you a fun and healthy summer. We look forward to seeing your vacation photos at your next check-up, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if any dental emergencies pop up in the meantime.