How will you be spending your long summer days? Will you be spending every hour possible at the pool or the beach? Will you travel overseas, or camp out in your own backyard? Whatever your Summer Bucket List includes, there is one item that should certainly be added to it; that is caring for your smile! After all, how much can you really enjoy time spent with friends and family or priceless adventures, if you are dealing with dental discomfort or insecurity caused by your smile? Prevent dental problems and maintain your oral health, through these five summer smile care tips!
1. Drink More Water. Seriously.
Yes; your body needs water to function properly as you probably know. However, did you realize that your smile does as well? Body is actually essential to maintaining oral health. Not only can water help rinse food particles and bacteria from your teeth between brushings, it also helps you produce saliva. Many people don’t realize that saliva naturally limits bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of your teeth, limiting acidic erosion and the likelihood of developing gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.
This is why it is important to speak with your dentist if you experience chronic dry mouth, no matter how much water you drink. It could be caused by medications you are taking or another underlying medical condition. Either way, it can contribute to a host of issues, so schedule a dental appointment if you have noticed chronic dry mouth.