Ahh, summertime – trips to the beach, plenty of sunshine, and sweet treats to end a perfect day. What’s not to love? At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we love summertime! We also know that your teeth are subject to more abuse thanks to plentiful sugary snacks and lax vacation routines.
Today, we want to highlight some great (and easy) ways to protect your teeth this summer, and keep your dentist happy come fall. Thanks to summer sweets, fall is one on of the busiest cavity-filling seasons of the year – avoid the disappointing trip to the dentist this fall by playing it smart with your teeth in the summer!
This seems like a given, and it’s obviously an important tip for more than just your teeth. However, did you know that water is effective in washing out plaque-causing bacteria? Keeping your mouth moist throughout the day will prevent bacteria build-ups and wash away leftover food particles after your picnic on the beach. It even keeps bad breath at bay!
As tempting as it may be to shake a few of those leftover ice chips into your mouth to cool off, crunching on ice and other hard substances (think hard candies, popcorn kernels, etc.) is shown to wear away your teeth’s enamel and cause damage to your teeth. Let the ice melt and drink it instead!
Keep Your Toothbrush Dry
When you get to your relaxing beach house to kick off your vacation, the first thing you should do is unpack your toothbrush and place it in a cup standing up to allow moisture to drain away. A wet toothbrush is liable to become a breeding ground for bacteria, and chances are good that your toothbrush was still damp when you packed it away to leave for your road trip this morning. It would be a shame to go to the trouble of brushing your teeth just to re-insert the bacteria into your mouth from a wet toothbrush.
Skip the Bubbles
Sugary drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, and even carbonated fruit beverages can wear down enamel and chew through the exposed dentin. If you’re looking for a treat besides water, we recommend unsweetened tea, plain sparking water, or diluted juice.
Sip Through a Straw
If you do end up drinking soda or other acidic beverages, reduce the contact with your teeth by drinking through a straw. You’ll also reduce damage by finishing the drink quickly and swishing water in your mouth immediately to prevent prolonged contact and subsequent bacteria growth.
We want you to enjoy the warm summer months with your family! By following these simple tips, summer health will be a breeze and you’ll be ship-shape for the fall. If you have questions or want to schedule a pre- or post-vacation check, give us a call at 717-684-3943 today!