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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.

Healthy Smile Hobart IN Dentists

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.

See Us For Routine Dental Care

Summer is a great time to schedule routine teeth cleanings and exams. Regular teeth cleaning visits help identify and address any dental issues early on, maintaining your oral health.

Schedule an Appointment with Ridgewood Dental

Our family dentist in Hobart, IN, is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment for yourself or someone in your household, please call Ridgewood Dental at (219) 947-2922. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.