With the summer in full swing, the way that we take care of our oral health is changing again. Summer brings with it all kinds of new challenges – things that we need to do to keep our teeth pearly white and healthy.
Tip 1: Don’t Go Crazy On The Soda
Just because it’s summertime, doesn’t give you license to throw caution to the wind and start downing bottle after bottle of soda. Soda is not only bad for your microbiome and overall health, but your teeth as well. Sugar dissolved in the liquid feeds the harmful bacteria in your mouth, causing them to churn out all kinds of unpleasant byproducts that can damage your teeth and gums.
So next time you’re at a BBQ or summer party, switch out the soda for sugar-free alternatives or stick to a good old-fashioned cup of tea.
Tip 2: Get A Checkup
The summer is the perfect time to schedule a checkup. You’ve usually got more time on your hands and don’t have to worry about the hectic pace that dominates during school time. If you’d like an appointment, get in touch with North Royalton Family Dental. With us, you can get peace of mind, check your mouth for any potential health issues, and investigate treatment options, both medical and cosmetic.
Tip 3: Don’t Forget Your Travel Toothpaste
Vacations can disrupt your routine. One moment your life is predictable and orderly, the next you’re dashing to far-flung reaches of the globe in search of some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Disruption can be a good thing, except when it comes to your teeth. Many people wind up with dental problems while on vacation because they start eating rich food and get out of the habit of brushing their teeth when they wake up and go to bed. Brushing while on vacation is even more vital than at other times during the year: you’re probably eating a more sugary diet, and you’re many miles from home and, possibly, dental services. It pays to be careful.
Tip 4: Find Indulgent Summery Snacks
The summer is a time when people like to celebrate the warm weather and a pleasant breeze by opening bags of candy and chips. But while these foods might taste great, they can be a nightmare for oral health. Tiny particles from the sugar and flour in these products stick to the teeth, providing an opportunity for bacteria to grow and multiply. Over time, they begin to damage the lining between the teeth and gums, causing the gums to bleed.
You have a choice. You can either clean your teeth after every snack, or you can create delicious finger food that won’t damage your teeth.
Healthy summer snacks include hummus and veggie dips, freshly chopped fruits, and even raisins (because the sugar is bound up in the flesh of the dried fruit).
If you’d like to find out more about how to look after your teeth during the summer or want to schedule an appointment for a checkup, contact North Royalton Family Dental for treatment today!