How To Keep Your Smile Healthy All Summer Long
Are you excited that summer is finally here? We certainly are! Summer seems to be a time that everyone is a bit more relaxed and able to enjoy themselves. Whether you are spending time outdoors, enjoying a vacation, or seeing family and friends, this season has something for everyone. While we hope that you have the best time this summer, we want to remind you to be mindful of your oral health. We want to share some helpful tips to ensure that you are able to enjoy your summer free from dental issues and concerns. Continue reading to learn the tips we suggest.
Tips to Maintain a Healthy Summer Smile
During the summer, it can be tempting to bypass steps in your oral health routine on late nights or during vacation. It is also a time when sweets and sugary drinks are in ample supply, and it can be easy to overindulge. While it is always fun to enjoy yourself and let loose, it is important to maintain your oral health to help ensure that you don’t end the summer with dental issues. Here are some helpful tips:
Drink Plenty of Water
During the heat we experience in Maryland, it can be easy to grab a cold soft drink or sports drink when you are hot and thirsty. Although delicious, these drinks are full of extra sugar that is not beneficial to your teeth. We recommend drinking plenty of water. Not only will it help quench your thirst, but it can also help wash away remaining bacteria that lingers after eating.
Maintain Your Hygiene Routine
Whether you are staying home this summer or have a vacation planned, be sure to continue your oral hygiene routine of brushing twice daily and flossing. Also, if you have not visited our office in the past six months, the summer is a great time to make an appointment for a cleaning. We can inspect your teeth for any problem areas and it can be taken care of before the hustle and bustle of the fall begins.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Lips
While enjoying the sun this summer don’t forget to give a little extra protection to your lips. We hope that you use sunscreen to protect your body, and your lips need the same care. Using a lip balm with SPF can give the protection you need. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to issues such as oral cancer.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a routine hygiene examination or cleaning, be sure to call our office and schedule an appointment. If you or a loved one experience any dental emergencies this summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible. We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, and we look forward to seeing you in our office located in Bowie, MD soon.