The hot summer season is well underway here in West Haven. You’ve been busy with parties and barbecues and trips to the beach—and the fun times aren’t over yet!
Fun summer activities usually include great food. But if you’re not careful, some of your favorite summertime eats could leave you with a new cavity or two.
Here’s how you can protect your teeth while still celebrating the summer season in good “taste.”
Watch Your Snacking
Cavity-causing bacteria feed on carbohydrates like sugar and refined grains. These carbs stick around in your mouth long after you eat them. They power the germs to multiply and cause decay.
You need to keep your energy up throughout the day, but try to avoid constant snacking. Have one substantial snack and then rinse your mouth with water. Choose healthy snack foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. These contain water and fiber, which help cleanse your mouth and prevent bacterial growth.
Limit Sugary Drinks
Soaking your teeth in the liquid sugar and acids found in many sweet, cold drinks can gradually dissolve your tooth structure. Weak enamel makes your teeth prone to sensitivity and decay.
Drink water rather than soda, beer, sports drinks, iced tea, or juice. You can still cool down with sweet drinks on occasion. Just make sure you finish them quickly so that they don’t spend too much time coating your teeth (and causing more damage.)
Maintain Great Oral Hygiene
Your busy summer schedule can distract you from brushing and flossing. You may even forget to pack a toothbrush when you go camping or take a road trip.
Try to give priority to your family’s dental health despite all the summertime distractions. Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing at least once a day is the best way to prevent decay.
Schedule a Dental Checkup
Schedule a dental cleaning before you head out on that two-week-long cruise. Make sure your fillings are in good shape before hiking into the wilderness. Get your kids’ teeth checked before they start school this fall or go off to camp for the week.
Now is the perfect time to detect and prevent tooth decay! Call Shoreline Dental Care to schedule a visit.