June 6, 2023
Now that the summer months have arrived, you’re likely making plans to enjoy a long break with some fun in the sun. From spending time at a backyard BBQ to vacationing at your favorite beach, there’s bound to be something exciting to do this time of the year. However, your smile can also end up being negatively impacted without proper precautions. Keep reading to learn five oral health tips that can help preserve your beautiful and healthy teeth!
#1: Stick to Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Many people tend to fall off of their typical oral hygiene regimen during the summer months due to all the fun. Even if you do have a busy schedule ahead, you’ll want to keep up your daily teeth-cleaning habits. By brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day, you’ll effectively prevent bacteria and plaque from accumulating, keeping your mouth safe from issues like decay and infection in the long run.
#2: Avoid Overindulging in Sugar
While ice cream sounds like a delectable treat to enjoy throughout the warmer time of the year, make sure to consider your oral health. Consuming sugary foods like popsicles and snow cones can leave your mouth significantly vulnerable to bacteria, which can then grow and eat away at your teeth. Though it’s best to minimize how much sugar you consume, be sure to at least choose sugar-free options when possible.
#3: Drink Lots of Water
Not only will drinking water help keep you hydrated, but it also provides essential benefits to your smile. Similar to your saliva, this can help wash away debris, food particles, sugars, and bacteria by sipping on it throughout the day. If you can, try drinking fluoridated water, which can strengthen your tooth enamel and make your pearly whites more resistant to decay.
#4: Use Sun Protection on Your Lips
Although most people know about applying sunscreen on the arms and back when under the sun, it’s also important to protect your lips. The skin there is much thinner and has less melanin, making them susceptible to sun damage and a heightened risk of oral/skin cancer. To protect yourself and your mouth, try wearing moisturizing lip balm that has an SPF 30+ rating, and reapply it every couple of hours.
#5: Visit Your Dentist Beforehand
Even if you take proper precautions, there’s only so much you can do on your own. That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup and cleaning with your dentist during the summer or before heading out on a vacation. They can help keep your smile bright while also ensuring your mouth is free of any issues like decay and infection. This way you can fully enjoy your time while knowing your teeth are in great shape.
Your summer shouldn’t be derailed due to oral health issues. Keep these tips in mind, and you can be sure to make the most of your time while preserving your healthy and beautiful pearly whites!
About the Author
Dr. James T. Gray has around three decades of experience in the dental field. He graduated from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio and is a member of several organizations, such as the Fort Worth District Dental Society and the American Dental Association. If you’d like to know more about keeping your smile healthy during summer or want to schedule your next appointment, visit his website or call him at 817-460-4131.
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