Summer Tips for Good Oral Hygiene
by Dr. Beau Beecher, DDS on 5/13/2019
Summer is almost here -- whether the weather wants to cooperate or not -- and that means you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors or traveling. There are simply things you can do in the summer that you can’t do in any of the other seasons. But while you’re relaxing under the sun, don’t forget that proper dental care is a year-round commitment.
Don’t get out of your routine
Summer months often mean more traveling and later curfews. In other words, there will be plenty of opportunities to break from the routine you have already worked so hard to establish. Resisting temptation is important. No matter how eventful your summer becomes, remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is especially important if you have children. It may start as one night without brushing their teeth before bed, but you’d be surprised how easily one night becomes two, and then three, and before you know it you’ve broken a good habit.
Avoid sugary snacks and beverages
Whether you are traveling for vacation or simply out and about in the warm weather, it can become more difficult to have sit-down meals. This may lead to more snacking, especially if you’re packing food to feed your kids all day. Try to avoid slipping into the snack trap. It’s okay to indulge in the occasional sugary drink or treat, but either limit the amount of snack breaks or snack smarter by considering the types of food you keep on hand.
Drinking water is an especially good choice, as it can keep you refreshed, help wash away plaque-causing bacteria, and even improve your breath.
It would also help to make sure that your kitchen at home is stocked with healthy options. Have fruits and vegetables available as an alternative to candy and cookies.
Schedule a dentist appointment
If you have a child or children, consider scheduling a dental check-up and cleaning at the end of the school year in May or June. Start the summer with a clean bill of dental health, so that you don’t end up spending your summer vacation with a child nursing a toothache.
Be prepared for dental emergencies
Even a clean bill of dental health at the start of the summer can’t prevent accidents from happening. With almost every activity, there is the possibility of damaging or losing a tooth. It is important to be prepared by packing an emergency dental care kit for vacations, which can help you address any tooth-related incidents before you’re able to pay a visit to the dentist.