Summer finally is here, and that means it’s time to enjoy some sun, sand and surf! While you’re out having fun, don’t forget about your oral health. After all, a healthy smile always is in season. Here are five tips for taking care of your teeth and gums this summer:
- Stay hydrated. The need to drink plenty of water during the summer months is common knowledge, but did you know that it’s also good for your teeth? Drinking water helps to wash away bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, it keeps your mouth moist, which can help prevent bad breath.
- Limit sugary drinks. While we’re on the topic of hydration, it’s important to remember that not all beverages are created equal. Sugary drinks, like sodas, sports drinks and even fruit juices, can be harmful to your teeth, as they feed the bacteria that causes cavities. Try to limit your consumption of these drinks, and opt for water or unsweetened tea instead.
- Wear a mouthguard. Summer is a great time to get outside and play sports, but it’s also a time when dental injuries are more common. If you’re playing a contact sport, such as football or basketball, be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and gums.
- Don’t forget to brush and floss. With all the fun activities happening during the summer, it can be easy to forget about your daily oral health care routine. Brushing and flossing are just as important during the summer months as they are any other time of year. Try to stick to your regular routine. If you’re traveling, make sure to pack your toothbrush and floss, so you don’t miss a beat.
- Snack smart. Summer is the season of snacking, but it’s important to choose healthy options that are good for your teeth. Fresh fruits and veggies always are a good choice, as they contain vitamins and minerals that can help keep your teeth strong. Cheese is another good option; it contains calcium and can help neutralize the acids in your mouth.
Visiting the dentist during the summer can help prevent dental problems, address seasonal issues and prepare for the upcoming school year. So go ahead and smile — your healthy summer teeth will thank you!
– Dr. Scott Merritt founded BridgeMill Dentistry in 2002. The office is located on Sixes Road between Ridge and Bells Ferry roads.