Summer Safety: Fun at the Lake

stay safe on the water

Summer time – Lake time! Whether you go boating or swimming or fishing, trips to the lake are some of the most memorable fun times a family can spend together. Catch fish, have fun, create stories that are never ending, for years to come.  Times like these are the relational “glue” that keep families and friends tied together, and relaxing and laughter keeps our hearts healthy on top of that.

Dr. Mead’s dentist practice is BIG on family and would like to remind you to take a few extra precautions to stay safe while you are out and about this summer.

Avoid dehydration:  While it is hot outside our bodies need more water. Try to drink 8 oz of water every hour. You should drink enough that despite the heat you have to use the bathroom regularly.  Dental benefit: Drinking plenty of water also avoids dry mouth, which helps keep your saliva flowing and your teeth “rinsed”.

Cover up! Even though this is talking heat and sunshine, in order to avoid sunburn and other heat related ills, covering your body is important. Make sure you put on a comfortable hat or cap to protect your head from direct sunshine. Wearing sun glasses will shield your eyes from harmful UV rays, especially when on the lake and light rays are stronger through reflection.  What is not covered by clothing must have adequate sunscreen protection. If you have very light skin, wearing lose fitting longer clothing might be better for you. Dentist’s recommendation: Apply some sunscreen or lip balm with UV protection to your lips as well. It will protect them from UV rays and keep them moist instead of cracking.

Don’t wade barefoot. Tempting as it may be to stick your feet into the water, if the water is clouded or murky you are better off wearing swim footwear. Lakes, and creeks collect any number of objects on their bottom over time, and if you don’t want to risk having to take a side trip to the emergency room because your foot got cut on a glass shard or old can, protecting your feet is smart. Should you really have stepped on something and injured your foot, this is a good First Aid measure: Use some water and soap if nothing else is available to clean the cut preliminarily, and wrap in clean cloth or paper towel.

Avoid wake injuries:  If you are in a smaller vessel, observe larger vessels passing carefully. Tell all passengers to hold on tightly. This should go without saying, but double check everybody who is NOT a great swimmers wears a life vest, children under 12 should always have one. Approach large wakes at a 45 degree angle.  Enjoy the ride!



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