Are you starting to get ready for your summer fun? The sunny season can always be counted on for fun and relaxation. Whether it’s refreshing times on the beach with your family or a rowdy barbeque with friends, there is always something to look forward to during the summertime. However, your oral health can take a hit if you are not careful. Read on to learn four tips on how to protect your smile this summer.
#1. Stay Hydrated
As you enjoy your loved ones and special occasions during the summer, you may find yourself drinking more sweet and alcoholic beverages than usual. Whether it’s fruit cocktails, beer, lemonade, or sodas, there are plenty of delicious drinks to choose from. However, sipping on these beverages consistently can wreak havoc on your smile. The sugar and acids can sit on your pearly whites, resulting in an increased risk of cavities and tooth decay. Try to reach for water as much as you can. When you do indulge, grab a straw so your teeth aren’t as exposed to the harmful ingredients of your drink.
#2. Choose Smile-Friendly Snacks
Traveling can cause you to get off track with your eating schedule, leading you to reach for more snacks than usual. Chips, candy, and cookies are easy “grab and go” treats. However, these foods increase bad bacteria in the mouth, leading to decay and gum disease. Be mindful to limit your snacking. Instead, reach for convenient but smile-friendly choices like apple slices, cheese, and nuts.
#3. Practice Pool Safety
Are you ready to dive in some cool water this summer? There is no better way to spend a hot day than at the pool. It not only helps you cool down but gives you time to relax and enjoy friends. However, dental emergencies increase during the warmer months so it’s essential to be mindful of protecting your smile. Increased physical activity can make it easy to take a hit in the mouth that can cause a knocked-out or damaged tooth. Additionally, slippery, hard surfaces like pool decks and diving boards can easily cause an unexpected issue with your pearly whites. The key is to be careful during pool time, like walking and not running, so your smile can remain whole and happy!
#4. Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene Routine
As you are taking time to soak up your fun in the sun, you may find yourself falling out of your regular routine. This can include your dental care. However, even in the midst of your busy summer schedule, it’s essential to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. This will keep your oral health on track. You can make it easier for yourself by carrying travel-size dental products around with you, as well as setting “beautiful smile” alarms on your phone to remind you to tend to your oral hygiene habits.
About the Author
Dr. Farshad Bakhtyari and his team at Premier Dental Care are eager to help you keep your smile whole, healthy, and beautiful all throughout the year. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Boston University and has taken countless hours of continuing education to remain up to date with various dental practices and treatments. With a focus on providing personalized and friendly service, he offers a comprehensive range of services, including preventive and emergency care. To schedule an appointment, contact him through his website or call (703) 860-8860.