It’s summer! Time for vacations, cookouts, swimming, hot days, cool treats, and lazy, hazy days.
We all love that “summer feeling” of no school, no schedule, no problem but we can’t neglect
the basic practices that help us maintain healthy teeth. Here are a few tips to help you
keep your smile healthy all summer long:
Brush Twice a Day
It sounds basic but maintaining a regular brushing schedule in the summer is an important routine you do not want to ignore. Summertime schedules are topsy-turvy and often interrupt our usual routines. Whether you are on vacation spending late nights at the beach, off at camp or simply taking advantage of no schedule in order to sleep late, don’t give in to the temptation to skip brushing. Additionally, be sure to clean between teeth in order to remove bits of food and eliminate bacteria. If you need help establishing a routine, ask a dental professional at Royce Family Dentistry.
Keep Sugary Snacks to a Minimum
Summertime fun in the sun often means a trip to the local ice cream shop, a tall glass of lemonade, a soda at the ball park, or a popsicle at the pool. While all of these sweet treats are ok to enjoy every once in a while, these “fun foods” can be very damaging to your teeth. Limit these “acid attacks” on your teeth by stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies especially crunchy ones like apples and carrots that are natural cleansers. Keep plenty of bottled water on hand so you and members of your family can rinse away the sugars and acid while staying hydrated.
Prevent Dental Injuries
Summer naturally makes us all a little more active. From hanging out at the pool, engaging in sports like baseball or volleyball, to participating in water sports, the chances of chipping or breaking a tooth are high. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, many of the summer oral injuries dentists treat are due to a pool accident. Many chipped or broken teeth occur as a result of a fall on the pool deck. Prevent these injuries by following all rules established by the pool or sport with which you are involved. It is a good idea to pack an emergency dental kit that includes a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen, and Royce Family Dentistry’s contact info.
At Royce Family Dentistry we wish you a safe and happy summer. Be sure to schedule your regular check-up now by calling 704.540.5440