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4 Oral Health Care Tips For A Healthier Summer Smile

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  • June 19, 2018

Good dental hygiene and a balanced diet are essential for the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Here are 4 summer oral health tips for a healthy, beautiful smile.


Your lifestyle, habits, and the many choices you make in your daily life can have a significant impact on your oral and general well-being. In fact, many of the health and dental problems you may be at risk for can be prevented by ensuring:

  • You eat a healthy, balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. These will provide the essential nutrients for optimum oral and overall health.

  • You practice good dental hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and seeking regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings with your local dentist.

Remember: eating well and practising good dental hygiene is important in maintaining optimum strength, energy, and overall health and wellness.

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4 Summer Dental Hygiene Tips For a Healthy Smile

While the warm months are perfect for relaxing, spending long summer evenings with family and friends, and going on vacation, this can also throw off your usual dental hygiene routine. To prevent summertime tooth decay or other oral problems, here are three simple steps you need to take:

1. Limit Sweet Drinks

As temperature rises, it can be very tempting to sip on cold, sweet drinks to stay cool. Remember soda, juice, lemonade, and sports drinks contain high concentrations of sugar, which can lead to:

  • tooth decay
  • enamel erosion
  • stained teeth

While it is okay to indulge once in a while, limit your family’s consumption of sweet beverages and choose water whenever possible.

 

2. Take It Easy On The Sugary Snacks

Like drinks, a lot of summer foods are loaded with sugar. These include popsicles, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and even barbeque sauce, which can all contribute to the development of cavities. This summer try to look for low-sugar or sugar-free options for your summertime favourites.

You can also carry around healthy snacks, including:

  • baby carrots
  • celery
  • apples
  • string Cheese
  • plain nuts
  • whole grain crackers

REMEMBER: While it can be tempting to snack all the time while at home, taking a break from constant munching allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth and wash away leftover food. You can accelerate the process by brushing between snacks.

 

3. Establish A Summer Dental Hygiene Routine

While summer schedules tend to be a lot more flexible than usual, it’s important to still establish a daily dental hygiene routine. Before summer starts, you may want to plan out a oral hygiene routine for you and the family which includes:

  • scheduled trips to the dentist
  • specific time for brushing and flossing
  • planning healthy meals and snack foods
  • fun games and rewards for your children if they follow their dental hygiene routine

REMEMBER: When we experience a chance to our daily routine, many smaller (although very important) habits can suffer. Take a conscious effort to ensure you and your family keep good dental habits so the health of your mouth and teeth don’t suffer.

 

4. Rinse With Water

Families are on the go a lot more during the summer, making it difficult to stick to a regular oral health routine. When it’s hard to brush and floss after meals and snacks, try to have some water on hand to drink afterwards.

Although it isn’t as beneficial as brushing, drinking water can help rinse away any sugars until it is possible to brush.

 

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To find out more about how our team of Calgary dentists can help keep your family’s gums and teeth healthy this summer and all year round, contact our dental clinic at 403-907-0753 or book an appointment.


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