While it is important to keep a healthy mouth year-round summer comes with some of its’ own unique challenges for oral health. Here are a few tips to keep you on track while still having fun in the sun:
Drink Water- Tap Water is Best
Dehydration in the summer heat is just as bad for your oral health as it is the rest of you. A dehydrated mouth is not only uncomfortable but also more likely to experience tooth decay. In addition, tap water generally contains cavity preventing fluoride that bottle water does not. So drink up!
Protect Your Smile
Summer often brings out the more adventurous and athletic side of us, so while engaging in any sports be sure to wear a mouthguard. A professionally made mouthguard has been shown not only to protect your teeth but reduce risk of concussion.
Keep Your Smile Bright
Those who swim often (more than six hours each week) may be more likely to develop yellow discoloration on the teeth. The frequent exposure to the chemicals in a pool is the culprit. If this a part of your lifestyle, a professional dental cleaning or whitening service can help brighten your smile once again.
Stay on Routine
Vacations are one of the best parts of summer, however traveling can disrupt our normal routine. If you’re going on a trip be sure to pack all of the essentials: tooth brush, floss, travel-sized pastes and rinses. Even some electric brushes, like the Sonicare Diamond Clean, come with convenient travel cases and chargers.
Avoid the Fall Rush
As summer comes to an end and school approaches, it’s important not to rush into last minute appointments. If you will be due for your preventative care hygiene visit towards the end of summer be sure to schedule your dental visit prior to school starting.