Summer will be here before you know it! Whether you’re planning to whisk the family away to a tropical paradise or host an epic backyard barbeque, we want to make sure you have the information you need to maintain a healthy smile wherever you go. Our dentist in Hobart, IN, is your trusted ally when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums.
Here’s what he wants you to know.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Water helps rinse away food particles and bacteria and keeps your mouth moist, reducing the risk of tooth decay and bad breath.
Drinking water is also recommended if you plan on spending a lot of time outside on a hot summer day. In fact, staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat illness.
Limit Drinks High in Sugar
Summertime often involves indulging in sugary beverages like sodas, sports drinks, and fruit juices. Limit your consumption of these drinks as they can contribute to tooth decay. Opt for water or unsweetened beverages instead. Your teeth and gums will thank you!
Brush and Floss Daily
Maintain your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Use a fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristle toothbrush, and remember to replace your toothbrush regularly. We also offer in-office fluoride treatments if you wish to give your smile an extra layer of protection against plaque and tartar buildup.
Wear a Sports Mouth Guard
If you’re participating in summer sports or activities, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from potential injuries or impact. Sports mouth guards provide a cushion and can help prevent tooth fractures, chips, or loss.
Be Mindful of Cold Treats
Chewing on ice or consuming extremely cold treats like popsicles can lead to tooth sensitivity or even dental emergencies. Allow ice to melt in your mouth naturally and avoid biting down on hard substances.
Opt for Healthy Snacks
Opt for tooth-friendly snacks that are low in sugar and high in nutrients. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and yogurt are excellent choices that promote dental health while providing essential vitamins and minerals.
Use a Lip Balm with SPF Protection
Plan on spending a lot of time outside? Excessive sun exposure can lead to sunburn, including on your lips. For this reason, we recommend using a lip balm with SPF protection to shield your lips from harmful UV rays and prevent dryness or cracking.