Ah, the unparalleled joy of summer! It is a great chance to spend a bit more time outdoors, and more importantly a lot more time relaxing as a family. Sadly, the excitement of vacations and pool time, grandparents’ visits and campfire fun, can sometimes lead to negative impacts on people’s smiles. From lax dental hygiene to a few too many sweet treats, there are a number of potential threats your family’s smiles will face this summer. Fortunately, you can help protect your kids’ oral health, and your own, by heeding your dentist’s advice about how to best care for one’s smile!
1. Limit How Many Sweet Treats You Eat
When it heats up outside, many parents resort to frozen treats as a means of both passing the time and keeping the kids cool. While an occasional trip to the ice cream shop or bakery is not likely to do much harm, too many treats can create a host of potential problems for your smiles!
That’s because the bacteria in your mouth, called plaque, feed on the sugars you eat. So the more sugar you eat the more likely you and your kids are to develop cavities. You also put yourselves at a heightened risk of developing gum disease, which is caused by acidity in the mouth which can irritate the gum tissue.
You can help prevent dental problems, and other health concerns, by sticking to wholesome foods that are nutrient-rich and low in sugar, such as vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats like nuts. If you are going to indulge in a treat, enjoy it and then brush your teeth quickly afterward, to limit how much sugar remains on the surface of your teeth and tongue, where it can feed the plaque.