Believe it or not, summer is already right around the corner! If you’re like most people, you’re looking forward to spending time with loved ones relaxing under the sun. With all of the special events you surely have lined up for the next few months, it can be all too easy to let some of your usual routines fall by the wayside. However, you shouldn’t let summer fun get in the way of your dental hygiene. If you want to keep your smile bright and healthy throughout this season and beyond, then follow these six summer oral health tips!
1. Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss
With the kids home from school and a whole summer of fun family activities planned, it’s easy to let your routine slide. For the sake of your dental health, though, you’ll need to adjust to your new schedule. Remember that every day, you should brush twice and floss at least once. Find a routine that works and stick with it!
2. Try to Avoid Sugary Beverages
Few things are more refreshing than a glass of cold lemonade, juice, or soda on a hot summer day. However, they’re not refreshing for your teeth. Their high sugar content dramatically increases your risk of cavities. Drink these beverages in moderation.
3. Use a Straw
If you do indulge in a sugary or acidic beverage, use a straw whenever you can. It will minimize the liquid’s contact with your teeth, preventing cavities as well as staining.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Most dentists will agree that in terms of your oral health, water is unquestionably the best thing you can drink. Not only does it keep you well-hydrated, but it also freshens your breath and reduces your risk of tooth decay by rinsing away excess sugars, cavity-causing bacteria, and plaque. Try to drink tap water whenever possible; it most likely contains fluoride, which makes your teeth stronger and more resistant to decay.
5. Take It Easy on the Sweets
As delicious as they are, summer classics like ice cream, popsicles, and snow cones are packed with sugar. Overindulging in these sweets makes it easier for bacteria in your mouth to create cavities. Plus, their coldness can make your teeth sensitive. Instead, switch some of these treats out for sugar-free alternatives or fresh fruits.
6. Wear a Protective Lip Balm
Hardly anyone forgets to put sunscreen on their shoulders or back, but most people forget about their lips. Sunburns on your lips are not only painful, but they increase your risk for oral cancer. To keep your lips safe, wear a lip balm with SPF if you’re going to spend a significant amount of time outside.
By following these summer oral health tips, you can rest easy knowing that your smile will look and feel great all summer long!
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