Are you wondering what else you can do to help protect your smile this summer? After all, you know to wear sunscreen to protect your skin, and to drink water to keep your body properly hydrated. What does your smile need to look and feel its best through these warm summer months? Here are a few more essential oral care tips for maintaining healthy and beautiful smiles all summer long and beyond!
2. Avoid Sugary and Ice-Based Treats.
Over the summer it is incredibly tempting to enjoy ice cold treats. While there is nothing wrong with popsicles on occasion or even an ice cream cone now and then, there are two important things to keep in mind when heading to the freezer or running after the ice cream truck this summer.
First, limiting sugar intake is one of the best things you can do to prevent cavities. That is because bacteria feed on sugars, so the more sugar you consume the more likely your teeth are to suffer from decay. For this reason, sweets should be viewed as occasional treats, not regular indulgences. If you want something more nutritious, but still sweet, consider cold but not frozen fruit. Many varieties offer high water contents as well, which makes staying hydrated easier.
Secondly, chewing on ice or equally hard items can actually cause you to chip a tooth. This is why preventive dentists urge patients not to chew on ice, hard candies and any other items that could lead to tooth damage.
If you’re craving ice or a frozen treat, stick to softer varieties (and aim for low-added sugar ones as well). You can even make your own simple and healthier treats by blending fresh fruits with milk, yogurt, or even peanut butter for more nutritious versions of traditional shakes. Add green veggies for added nutritional value that can help you maintain strong teeth and healthy gums.
If you do chip or crack a tooth, remember to schedule an appointment with a restorative dentist. In many cases, a porcelain crown is necessary to protect a damaged tooth.