Summer Treats and Your Oral Health
Summer can be a time for indulgences which unfortunately is not the best time for your oral hygiene. With the heat of summer, it’s common for many people to drink cold beverages and eat ice cream as well as being out in the sun. We want to provide a few tips to enjoy the benefits of the good weather without having to worry about your next dental visit.
Your Teeth Are Not Tools!
Your teeth are designed as the initial digestion method of your body and are used to break down food for your stomach. Many people feel that their teeth can substitute for tools and use them to open bottles, wrappers, and chew ice. Some of these habits can harm your teeth and can be costly to repair. So remember to only use your teeth for their intended purposes and not as tools.
Use Mouth Guards During Sports
When playing sports in the summer, even if they are not contact sports, it is a good idea to wear proper protection. Your teeth can be easily protected by wearing a mouth guard during your sports activities. Come in and see us at Dental Health Group and we can provide you with a custom mouth guard that will protect your teeth this summer.
Summer Treats Can Hurt Your Teeth
Remember that while enjoying a refreshing cool snack such as ice cream, slushies, sodas, freezies, there is just a few things to remember as some of these snacks may not be the best for your oral health. Also, learn how you can help offset the damage.
Sugary Ice Cream Can Cause Tooth Decay
Dairy products, like ice cream, can be a good source of calcium. Unfortunately, most ice creams are made with lots of sugar, one of the leading causes of tooth decay. When buying ice cream, we suggest buying sugar-free or low-sugar ice cream. However, if your child wants regular ice cream, there are a few ways to minimize the impact the sugar has on the teeth.
- Brush teeth after eating ice cream or rinse with water or mouth wash. This will help get some of the sticky sugars off the enamel.
- Avoid ice cream with extras like caramel or syrup
- Eat ice cream at the end of a meal.
Water is Best!
Are sodas bad for my teeth? Yes, they are! The acids in sodas start to eat away at the enamel on your teeth only 20 minutes after your first drink. Plus, the extra calories provide no nutritional value. We recommend ddrinking water to quench your thirst on the hot days.
Be Sure To Wear Lip Balm with an SPF of at least 15
Even if you remember to wear sunscreen on your face and body when spending time outdoors, you may forget about your lips. Your lips are more susceptible to burning than most parts of your body, yet many people don’t think about protecting them from the sun. A quick application of lip balm will go a long way in protecting the lips from the sun’s harmful rays.
Remember, summer time is a time to enjoy. We hope these simple tips will remind you to maintain good oral health practices!