During the summer, many people are thrown off their normal routines, and that can include their oral care routine. It’s easy to forget about or skip steps in your oral health routine. As you enjoy summer activities such as camping, swimming, cookouts, and more, follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy.
Don’t Chew on Ice
Chewing on hard items like ice can hurt your teeth. Ice is harder than you think, and it’s tempting to chew on it when it’s in food or beverages. If your drinks have ice in them, avoid chewing on it or drink something cool without ice.
Make Your Back-to-School Dental Appointment
Many health providers’ offices fill up fast in the fall, including dentists, so make your dental appointment early. Back-to-school is right around the corner and is a good reminder to schedule your kids’ (and yours!) dental and medical appointments.
Limit Sugary Food and Beverages
During the summer, it’s easy to consume food or beverages with a high sugar content, especially sodas or alcohol. Try to limit your sugar intake as best you can, but also make sure you’re still brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day to prevent tooth decay.
Drinking water directly benefits your teeth. It’s easy to get dehydrated while swimming or drinking alcohol without realizing it, which prevents your mouth from producing enough saliva. A dry mouth promotes bacterial growth because there is less saliva to wash away plaque. Prevent tooth decay and promote overall health by staying hydrated.
Store Your Toothbrush Properly When Traveling
It’s easy to overlook your toothbrush when you’re traveling, and you might be tempted to just toss it in your bag after your brush your teeth the morning you leave. Unfortunately, this promotes bacteria growth, as luggage is a dark, damp place where bacteria can thrive. Keep your toothbrush as dry as possible and don’t leave it in a closed container for longer than necessary. When you get to your destination, let it air dry upright.
Dental Care in Chapel Hill, NC
Consider Tarheel Family Dentistry for your dental needs this summer and beyond. Our team is proud to offer comprehensive, affordable dentistry to the entire family in our welcoming Chapel Hill office. Request your appointment online today.