Summer is finally here, and that means late nights and vacations that can throw off your usual dental hygiene practices. Through all the summer treats and fun events that come with the season, it is important to make sure you continue to take care of your teeth. Here are some tips to help you enjoy both the warm weather and a healthy mouth!
Avoid Too Much Sugar
There’s nothing like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day. However, this drink tends to be one of the highest in sugar. If your favorite brand of lemonade is on the sweeter side, opt for a smaller portion, or better yet, try a refreshing alternative like unsweetened ice tea! Just be careful not to crunch down on the ice and risk cracking a tooth, or even damaging your enamel.
Summer also brings the tradition of s’mores by the campfire and apple pie on the Fourth of July. Occasionally indulging in these tasty dishes won’t cause you harm as long as you remember to brush and floss afterwards. Remember to also take advantage of all the fresh produce that summer has to offer; these fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins that your body needs to stay healthy.
Maintain Your Routine
After a late night or sleepy morning, it can be tempting to skip a brush now and then. Maintaining a consistent dental hygiene schedule will not only help you have a clean mouth, but also encourage the whole family to upkeep their teeth together.
Take Care of Dental Work Early
Planning a summer getaway? You’ll want to tend to any outstanding dental work before you head out. Going to the dentist shouldn’t be stressful, but it can be if you’re in a different city or country with an emergency. Taking the kids to get their regular checkup before the school year starts can also save you the hassle of having to pull them out of school or miss work.
Here at Progressive Dental, we believe a happy mind and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. Your favorite summer festivities don’t have to come at the expense of your dental hygiene. If you want to come in for a visit, feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment online at your convenience.