Four Ways to Help Care for Your Family’s Smiles This Summer: Part Two

Protect Your Smiles This Summer

Have you grown worried that your family will suffer from poor oral health, due to unhealthy diets or lax dental hygiene? If so, you probably want to help get your entire family’s oral health back on track, by teaching your kids good hygiene habits, and ensuring that each of you get the professional preventive dentistry necessary to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take, over the summer, to help improve your oral health, and therefore your smiles.

2.    Make Sure to Drink Plenty of Water

While it can be tempting, particularly during the summer, to cool off with ice cold beverages like soda, tea, lemonade and even sports drinks, it is best for your smile, and your body, that you drink mostly water. Water is necessary to preserving one’s oral health, because it helps a person produce saliva, which naturally limits bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of your teeth. Drinking water throughout the day can also help gently rinse food particles from the surface of your teeth, between brushings, which can limit acidic erosion but also tooth staining. Finally, when you are drinking enough water each day you are far less likely to reach for as many sweetened beverages like soda, tea, and even many seemingly healthy beverages, like juices and sports drinks.

Avoiding sugary drinks like these, and sweetened teas and coffees as well, can help reduce the likelihood that you will develop dental cavities, because it will limit how much time sugar spends on your teeth.

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