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Can Your Teeth Get Sunburned?

Getting sunburned teeth may seem a bit far fetched, but as strange as it sounds, it is possible for the sun to damage your teeth. Sunburnt teeth probably aren't on your summer bucket list, so it's important to understand how your teeth can get sunburned and what you can do to prevent it.


How Likely is Sunburning Your Teeth?

Since your teeth don't have any skin, they won't actually get sunburnt; however, the sun can cause damage if you expose your teeth to it for too long. Although it is possible to damage your teeth with the sun, it's pretty unlikely that it will happen. In order to burn your teeth, you would need to open your mouth an smile at the sun for an extended period of time. There are also special circumstances that could make your risk for sunburnt teeth higher, so be sure to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun if you're worried about burning your teeth.


What Can Increase Your Risk?

Tooth whitening products, like strips, whitening toothpaste, or professional whitening treatments often recommend staying out of the sun after using. Too much contact with the sun after applying bleach is one of the most common ways you can get sunburned teeth. Additionally, the most damaging type of tooth whitening is the use of UV light. This chemical process uses a combination of UV light waves and hydrogen peroxide. The UV light is used to react to the chemical and eliminate stains. If you expose your teeth to the sun after receiving a treatment like this, the sun will continue to react with the leftover hydrogen peroxide, which can severely damage your teeth and mouth.


What Can You Do to Prevent Burns?

If you're going to be out in the sun, there are several precautions you can take to ensure that your teeth don't feel the burn. One of the easiest ways is limiting sun exposure, especially if you are using whitening products. You should be careful to follow all of the instructions from your dentist or on the package of the whitening product and limit your sun exposure after undergoing a whitening procedure. You can also use chapstick with SPF in order to help prevent sunburn on your lips. Be sure to reapply it often if you're in the sun for a long time. You should also be sure to drink plenty of water while you are out in the sun. Not only does it help keep you hydrated as you sweat, but it also helps ensure you don't run the risk of burning your mouth while you are in the sun.


What Should You Do if You Burn Your Teeth?

If your teeth or any other part of your mouth do get burnt, be sure to visit the dentist immediately. Your dentist will be able to provide you with relief and ensure that you don't cause further damage to your teeth.


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