5 Tips for a Healthy Smile This Summer

Healthy SmileBoth kids and grown-ups look forward to summer because it represents positive change—school’s out, families plan vacations together, and holidays, like Independence Day, often include fun events that leave lasting memories. But the season can also introduce new situations that could threaten your healthy smile, mainly by providing a different routine and different activities. Here is a list of tips that will help you retain your healthy smile by keeping your oral hygiene and safety routines firmly in place.

How To Maintain A Healthy Smile This Summer

  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water is a year-round concern in the Valley of the Sun, but that concern intensifies in the summer. Dehydration can lead to dry mouth, which is a contributing factor in tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  2. Eat and drink healthy snacks. When schedules lighten up, we can find ourselves foraging for a snack at unusual times. Focus on teeth-friendly foods such as dairy products, fruits, such as apples and pears, and make plain water your drink of choice.
  3. Brush and floss regularly. Vacations and holiday events can make it harder to maintain our oral health habits. Brush twice daily and floss once a day, just as you normally would; if you’re extremely busy and cannot do so during the day, make sure you brush and floss before going to bed.
  4. If you play contact sports, wear a mouth guard. All athletes who engage in activities in which blows to the face or mouth are possible should consider a mouth guard. These activities can even include rock climbing, cycling, or roller skating. Mouth guards greatly reduce the likelihood of a cracked or chipped tooth.
  5. Carry a dental emergency kit on trips. Teeth can be knocked out on vacations, and many teeth can be saved if they are cared for properly and if a dentist is seen within an hour of the accident. The Academy of General Dentistry recommends that your emergency kit contain a handkerchief, gauze, a small container with a lid, ibuprofen, and a way to contact a dentist who can help you immediately.

“Summer can be a memorable season, and following these tips can help your summer photos show off a healthy smile that’s been carefully preserved,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix.

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