Let the summer pool parties, barbeques, summer camps, and vacations begin. Summer is a time to slow down, take a break and soak up a little extra time with family.
Summer is NOT the time to let your dental care routines go, which can often be the case when we are on vacation or away from our daily routines. Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. wants to remind you to keep your teeth and gums healthy over the next few months by remembering these summer tips:
"Sip All Day, Get Decay"
As the temperature heats up, it can be tempting to sip on cold, sweet drinks like soda, juice, lemonade, Gatorade or Kool-Aid throughout the day. Prolonged exposure to the sugar in these beverages can really do a number on the enamel of your teeth. Sugary drinks are one of the leading causes of tooth decay.
Here's how it works: the sugar in soft drinks, juice and other sweet beverages mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to create acid, which damages your teeth. This damage happens every time you take another sip, creating an ongoing assault to the tooth enamel. Of course it's best to avoid these sugary drinks all together, but at the very least try not to sip throughout the day. And remember to rinse your mouth with water after drinking, brush and floss twice a day, and don't skip your regular dental checkups.
Remember to Brush and Floss When Away from Home
It can be easy for kids to fall out of the habit of brushing and flossing when they are away at summer camp, Grandma and Grandpa's or on a family vacation. Remind your kids to pack their toothbrushes and to brush and floss at their usual times. Make it fun with a brushing chart they can take with them.
Take Care of Your Braces
Unfortunately, many summer foods can be bad news for braces. Barbeques and parties can make it very tempting to throw caution to the wind and dig into that corn on the cob, and much on some sticky candy. But while it may be satisfying in the moment, a loose or broken bracket or wire will definitely cramp your summer style. With just a little bit of effort, you can avoid making an extra trip to the orthodontist (cut that corn off the cob; avoid eating sticky candy).
Drink Water, and Lots of It!
Adults and especially kids can often get caught up in fun summer activities and forget to drink adequate water. It's critically important to stay hydrated when the temperatures rise, and water is important for keeping your teeth healthy. Water helps keep your mouth clean and healthy by rinsing away food and boosting saliva levels in your mouth. Saliva, which is actually 95% water, contains protein and minerals that fight acid and defend your teeth against tooth decay.
In Case of Dental Emergency...
Summer sports and activities can be risky for your teeth, which is why it's important to always wear a mouth guard during contact sports. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), mouth guards prevent over 200,000 tooth, mouth and jaw injuries every year. Not only can a mouth guard protect braces or other orthodontic appliances, they can also protect against mouth cuts, tooth damage/chipping and jaw injuries.
If you do run into a tooth injury, whether it's from slipping near the pool or falling off a bike, Dr. Alina Bergan D.D.S. is here for you in case of a dental emergency. Keep our office number in easy reach in case you do need to schedule an emergency appointment, 800-223-0801. Have fun this summer!