The dog days of summer are officially here! While now is the best time to cut loose and relax by the pool, it's important not to get too lax with your dental health. It's not uncommon for summer fun to involve foods and drinks that can hurt your teeth.
That said, to keep the fun going, here are a few tips you can use to keep your mouth and teeth healthy all summer long without taking the fun out of the season.
- Drink plenty of water. For many adults, summer involves drinking fruity cocktails and light beers. However, these drinks contain a lot of sugar and yeast. When the sugar and yeast from these beverages rest on your teeth throughout the day, they feed the bad bacteria in your mouth and put you at greater risk of cavities and cavity pain. Drinking water throughout the day instead of alcoholic beverages, sodas, and juice can not only keep bad bacteria at bay but it can also keep you well-hydrated.
- Opt for in-season fruits and veggies. Instead of gravitating toward sugary foods and snacks this summer, opt for fruits and vegetables that are in season like strawberries, watermelon, cucumber, and tomatoes. These fruits and veggies are high in water content, which is great for helping you stay hydrated. They're also low in sugar, which can keep bad bacteria from causing tooth decay.
- Protect your lips from UV rays. UV rays are strongest between 10 AM and 2 PM. While you're outside, make sure to wear sunscreen and to protect your lips with an SPF 15 Chapstick. Your lips are just as susceptible to burning as your skin and wearing SPF lip balm can help to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
- Don't chew on ice. Ice-cold water, lemonade, and coffee can help to keep you cool on a hot summer day. But when you're done with your drink, make sure not to chomp down on the leftover ice. Chewing ice is bad for your teeth and can cause chipping.
- Stick to your routine. With long summer nights keeping us up late, it can be all too easy to mess up our dental routine. But it's important to stick with our routines to avoid tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day because plaque will inevitably turn into tartar within the first 24 to 72 hours. Sticking to your routine and using a plaque removing dental gel can help to prevent tartar and cavities from forming.
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