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5 Ways to Keep Your Smile Protected in the Summer

June 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ben Tindal @ 11:54 pm
Woman practicing summer oral health tips by drinking water

Visiting a dentist every six months for a checkup as well as brushing and flossing at home are important every day of the year. However, with the warmer months more likely to increase the risk of dehydration, your smile could be at risk as well. This makes at-home oral care more important than ever, but it also means you’ll want to take additional precautions to ensure your smile is getting the attention it needs. Consider these summer oral health tips from a dentist today to get started!

Drink Water Often

Dry mouth makes it easier for bacteria to multiply and produce plaque, and hotter weather is sure to cause dehydration more frequently. Drinking water is great for your overall health, but it plays a major role in your oral health as well. Water helps keep saliva production high, which in turn enables the mouth to fight off oral bacteria. As a bonus, drinking water can help reduce bad breath!

Opt for Tap Over Bottled Water

If you’re like most people, your main water source is likely coming from your home’s tap. More often than not, public water sources contain fluoride, a crucial mineral responsible for fighting decay and reducing the risk of cavities. While bottled water is convenient and can make it easier to stay hydrated on the go, most manufacturers don’t add fluoride to their bottled products.

Don’t Overdue Carbonated Drinks

While it’s become more known that soda can both cause dehydration and lead to decay, any carbonation can actually be harmful to your teeth. This is due to the carbonic acid that’s present, an ingredient capable of wearing down enamel. This is especially the case when drinking them over long periods of time. Keep these beverages to a minimum to reduce the risk of decay.

Use a Straw When You Can

When indulging in beverages that aren’t great for teeth, it’s best to use a straw while you do. This way, you can redirect the liquid away from your teeth while you enjoy it. You’re also more likely to consume the drink more quickly, rather than slowly sip it over time and consistently coat your enamel.

Introduce Tea to Your Diet

There are many teas out there that contain vitamins and minerals that are quite beneficial to oral health. This includes green and white tea, which contain antioxidants that work to promote healthy gum tissue and lower the risk for tooth decay. Of course, don’t let this be a replacement for professional dental visits and at-home brushing and flossing!

Don’t let this summer be the one where you need to have a cavity filled or gum disease treated by a dentist. By practicing these tips, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re doing what you need to avoid dental disease during the warmer season!

About the Author

Dr. Tindal is fully dedicated to creating a pleasant and productive dental experience every time you visit. His expertise includes prosthodontics, but his office is happy to make your regular dental exams and cleanings as comfortable and relaxing as possible. To schedule an appointment, you can contact him through his website.