Dental Tips for Summer
It’s summer time and the sun is burning bright in the sky. School holidays, christmas holidays, and taking time off are on our mind for many of us. Let’s share some dental tips for summer that will help protect your teeth this holiday season.
Tip 1: Drink water
On a hot summer day, it is important to drink plenty of water not just for your overall health but also for your oral health too. A dry mouth can increase the risk of tooth decay, so please keep hydrated by drinking water. Try to stay away from sweet or acidic drinks which can lead to tooth decay. Besides water, chewing on sugar-free gum can stimulate the production of saliva which can help prevent tooth decay.
Tip 2: Protect yourself from the sun
Slip Slop Slap! Protect your skin from the harmful effects of the hot summer sun. Use sunscreen but don’t forget your lips. Remember the lips are very susceptible to sun burn, so please use lip gloss or balm. These products can help with reducing the risks of skin and oral cancer.
Tip 3: Good oral hygiene
Summer is no different to any day in the year when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. Brush twice a day and floss daily. And similarly, if you haven’t visited your dentist for a while, please make an appointment for a check and clean.
Tip 4: Healthy diet and snack wisely
A healthy diet is important not only for a healthy body but also for your teeth. Stock your kitchen with healthy choices including fruits and vegetables. It may be hard to control snacking all day but at least try to limit the snacks (e.g. cookies and ice-cream) and drinks (e.g. acidic soft drinks) with high sugar content. The key is to keep to 3 healthy meals a day and control the temptation to consume unhealthy snacks in between.
Tip 5: Before you head off on your holiday trip
If you plan to go away during your summer holiday, it may be a good idea to visit your dentist if you haven’t recently. One of the worst things that can happen during your holiday is a toothache. If you are feeling the symptoms associated with a toothache, see your dentist immediately for some advice. Besides packing your toothbrush and floss into your travelling bag, consider taking a dental first aid kit along. Dental first aid kits are often small and inexpensive, and most of them contain what you need in case of a dental emergency.
Summer holidays can be challenging especially if you plan on going away. Don’t forget the importance of staying healthy and keeping your teeth clean. Remember these dental tips can help you maintain a great dental health. Now, let’s all have a fun and safe summer!