Are you worried about developing cavities this summer? Have you become scared that all those extra ice cream sundaes and sno cones are going to leave you with not-so-sweet repercussions? Your smile will face a lot of potential threats over the hot summer months. Fortunately, armed with some helpful tips from your preventive dentist, you can help ensure your smile stays healthy now and for many years to come.
1. Don’t Skip Out on Dental Care
It can be tempting, while traveling, to take a vacation from all of one’s responsibilities, including dental hygiene. Unfortunately failing to brush and floss, can greatly increase one’s risk of developing cavities and even gum disease.
Avoid the need for restorative treatment, by sticking to a diligent dental hygiene routine, even when on vacation.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
You already know your body needs lots of water to function properly, but did you know that your smile needs water to stay healthy, too? Water helps your body produce saliva, which naturally limits plaque bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of your teeth.
So while you enjoy the summer heat, don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
3. Avoid Chewing Ice and Equally Hard Treats
In an effort to cool off, you may be more tempted than ever to chew on ice cubes and other icy treats. While ice may not have any caloric content, that doesn’t make it a safe choice for snacking. Chewing on ice can actually lead to chipped or cracked teeth, which can require extensive restorative treatment to address. Avoid the need for restorative dental care by simply choosing to drink your ice cold water, rather than eating the ice, itself.