3 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Teeth this Summer

June 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — scottparkerteam @ 3:27 am
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If you’re planning a summer getaway, there’s a lot to prepare. Knowing as much as you can about where you’re going and getting your travel itinerary together are both vitally important, but just as crucial is how you’re going to protect your oral health.

Summer vacation can present all kinds of issues for your teeth, particularly if you aren’t careful. Here are three tips to help you protect your teeth while you’re on vacation.

Stay Hydrated with Water

Staying hydrated is crucial for overall health, including dental health. Drinking water helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps maintain saliva production, which is essential for neutralizing acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Saliva acts as a natural defense against tooth decay, so keep a water bottle handy and sip throughout the day, especially after consuming sugary or acidic foods and drinks.

Be Mindful of Your Diet

Summer often comes with an array of tempting treats like ice cream, sodas, and sugary snacks. While it’s okay to indulge occasionally, it’s important to be mindful of how often you consume these items. Sugary and acidic foods and drinks can erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Opt for healthier snacks like fruits, vegetables, cheese, and nuts, which are not only good for your body but also for your teeth. If you do indulge in sugary treats, try to consume them with meals rather than as standalone snacks, as this helps minimize their impact on your teeth.

Maintain a Consistent Oral Hygiene Routine

Summer schedules can be unpredictable, but it’s crucial to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth. Consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to further protect against bacteria and gum disease. If you’re traveling, pack a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to ensure you can keep up with your oral care routine on the go.

About the Author

Dr. Scott Parker wants to make his patients as comfortable as possible. That means impeccable chairside manner when people visit his office, but more than that, giving his patients the information that they need to keep themselves in perfect oral health. Dr. Parker received his dental degree from Loma Linda University and he’s a faculty club member of Spear Education!

If you have any questions about how best to protect your oral health, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (909) 795-6019.

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