As school graduations commence and warmer weather looms even closer, it’s a sign that summer is upon us. It’s also a time of vacations, icy treats, cold drinks, and outdoor games for you and your family. Unfortunately, although fun, these things can also impact your dental health if you aren’t careful. We’re sharing a few ways for you keep your teeth and gums healthy this time of year.
- Keep up your oral care routine.
Make sure you maintain your regular dental care habits. It’s easy to get out of the habit of brushing and flossing if you are on vacation or if your kids are out of school. Doing it when first thing and last thing is an easy to remember. Make it a family affair and brush your teeth together so your kids can keep it up easily too.
- Cut down on sugary treats.
Ice cream, popsicles, and other frozen treats can all negatively affect your teeth. Too much sugar can increase cavities which can damage your smile. Rather than overdoing the amount of sugar this summer, consider replacing these items with chilled fruit like berries, citrus fruit, and sliced apples. Pair with ice cold yogurt and you have a healthy, nutritious frozen treat!
- Wear a mouthguard.
If you or your children play summer sports, make sure you wear a mouthguard while you play. Even if it isn’t a high contact sport, one elbow to the face can knock out your tooth. We can create a custom-fit mouthguard that you can wear while you play. Because it’s custom-designed for your mouth, it will be more comfortable and more durable than anything from the store.
- Drink plenty of water.
Drinking water is one of the best ways to help wash away bacteria. It’s best to sip water slowly throughout the day to keep your mouth and body hydrated. If you have a hard time drinking water, consider adding citrus fruit to your water bottle to give it more of a flavor.
- Don’t chew ice.
If you have an icy drink, it’s tempting to chomp on the ice remaining in the glass. Don’t do it! Unfortunately, chewing ice can actually damage your teeth. Those small chips and cracks can increase over time and cause more damage you need to repair. If you have a hard time resisting the urge to chew ice, keep drinks in the fridge or freezer to chill them faster without adding ice. Or use a straw to help avoid ice.
Summer is a fun time of year but it’s important to keep up your dental health throughout the season. Make you get your checkup too! Call Owens Dental of Crofton in Crofton, MD at 301-261-3800 or schedule online for an appointment.