Finally, summer is here! Summertime is a time for relaxation, spending time with friends and family, and just having fun. As the weather warms up during this time of the year, it’s important to remember that you don’t forget about taking care of your oral health. Here are 7 dental hygiene tips to keep your mouth and teeth well-protected while you enjoy the summer sun.
brushing is still important even in Summer TIme
Even though it’s summer break, it doesn’t mean brushing your teeth should take a break either. To make brushing more fun for the kids, why not use summer-themed charts and stickers, or sing their favorite “brush your teeth song” to remind them to keep up their dental habits during summer. Brushing and flossing twice a day, keeps their teeth nice and clean!
Moderation is the best way to savor summer Snacks
Summer is the perfect time for enjoying treats like ice cream or popsicles. For us, it’s Crumbl Cookies and Mochio Donut! But if you want your child’s teeth to stay healthy during these months of indulgence, moderation is key to limit their sugar intake. If your child eats a lot of sugary snacks, make sure they drink plenty of water so he or she can rinse away any excess sugars. Doing so will prevent the bacteria in the mouth to turn the sugar into plaque. An alternative to sweet treats is to enjoy fresh fruit such as watermelon, strawberries, grapes, peaches, and oranges, or other healthy summer snacks.
Don't forget about your waxed dental Floss
Oops! You’re probably already forgetting your waxed floss for a summer vacation, right? Well stop now before you break that great oral hygiene routine. Remember to pack them as they are the most important dental tool: the humble piece of string, your dental floss!
Another solution to ensure you have nothing stuck between your teeth is keeping a pack of dental picks in your car, luggage, or purse. A dental pick is an essential item when traveling because they help remove food particles from between your teeth before you get a chance to brush them. They also make cleaning easier by removing plaque buildup on surfaces of your mouth where there may not be enough room to reach with your toothpick.
USE YOUR HANDS INSTEAD OF YOUR TEETH
It may seem like an obvious tip but we see people do this every day. They use their teeth as a tool instead of their hands. We’ve seen our fair share of people come into our Fairview Dental Office with a chipped tooth or a need to repair broken crowns. While using your teeth can sometimes seem like the quickest way around an obstacle you may have on hand, it is also one of the most dangerous things someone could do if something goes wrong! Your mouth is for chewing food; don’t put any other items between those pearly whites unless absolutely necessary!
Reduce dental injuries with a mouthguard
A mouthguard is the best thing you can do for your teeth if you’re playing sports during the summer break, in fact, we recommend it for any sporting event to prevent injury. There are plenty of reasons they’re almost always used by professional athletes. Accidents happen and can lead to costly and painful injuries such as broken or knocked out teeth, but if you’re wearing a mouthguard, it can protect you from injury.
Parents who are looking to protect their kids’ teeth during their sporting activity can either buy a mouthguard over the counter, or get fitted for one by your family dentist. Over-the-counter models will not fit quite as well and do less protection, but they’re better than nothing if you’re in a pinch. Your family dentist in Fairview can create custom-fit mouthguards that will provide protection during those competitive summer sporting events. Your personal comfort is taken into account when we make a mouthpiece just right for you.
Use a Straw to Drink carbonated drinks
If you find yourself craving carbonated drinks, use a straw to drink them. Drinking with a straw can be an effective way to avoid tooth decay. Straws minimize the time your teeth are exposed to both sugar and acidity, which is key in stopping cavities from forming on your teeth.
Keep hydrated, the smart way
It’s important to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated in order to maintain your oral and overall health! There are many beverages that we can choose from; however there is big difference between drinks which are tooth-smart and those which aren’t. If you want a refreshing drink while staying healthy too, try water and milk. These drinks will quench your thirst and help keep up oral health as well!
Did you know that carbonated drinks, fruit juices and even those energy drinks have a lot of sugar? Although they may taste delicious, if sipped throughout the day, it can be bad for your oral health, cause dry mouth, can lead to dental erosion, and is a big factor for tooth decay. So it’s important that you avoid these types of beverages if possible; or at the very least, rinse your mouth with water to rinse it away.
Schedule your Dental Checkup Today
As summer comes to a close, and school starting soon, don’t forget to book your back to school dental exam and cleaning before school starts. There are only a few summer dental maintenance appointment slots left. Contact us today to ensure you get the best appointment time for your summer schedule.
Family Dental Care in Fairview
When a new patient walks through the doors of our Fairview dental office, they are met with an friendly comforting atmosphere that will put any apprehensive parent or nervous child at ease. We provide services like oral care education, fluoride treatment, sealants, and other dental services as well as routine exams all geared toward making every trip more enjoyable than before!
If you have any questions, want to learn more about our family dentistry, or to schedule a dental appointment at our office, please contact our dental office at 972-468-1440, or leave us a message.