When school is out for summer, many think about vacations, graduations and barbecuing with friends and family. Colorado Dental Arts is also looking forward to summer fun, but our dentist wants to remind you not to let your dental health take a back seat during all that summertime eating! Remember to maintain oral hygiene habits to avoid summer dental disaster. Here are some tips to keep you and your family’s teeth healthy during this outdoor party season.
Healthy Summertime Eating
At parties it’s easy to forget good dental habits. Eating the right foods is important to your teeth and gums, so summer party foods — such as chips, cake, ice cream, lemonade or soft drinks — should be enjoyed in moderation. While they taste yummy, they’re really not good for teeth. Despite these caveats, the food at your summer party can still be delicious and healthy.
- Offer plenty of water. The best way to stay hydrated and reduce cavity risk is to drink water. Limit soft drinks and other sugary beverages.
- Crunch on veggies, like carrots and celery. These harder vegetables, and similar fruits, promote healthy saliva production, help cleanse the teeth and also contain lots of water to keep you hydrated.
- Cheese is good for your teeth. Cheese on your burger, or cheese with apple, is delicious and helps to raise your oral pH. That limits the damage to tooth enamel from acid erosion. Cheese also contains calcium and phosphorus — ingredients for strong tooth enamel.
- Crushed ice is best. While some people get satisfaction from chewing on ice, doing so increases the chances of broken teeth and dental emergencies. Ice cubes are hard on teeth and damage the enamel. Crushed ice is best for summer beverages and your teeth. Bigger cubes are meant for the ice chest.
Summer Dental Emergencies
Many dental emergencies occur in the summer, simply because we tend to be more active. Playing sports, swimming and riding bikes is a good way to enjoy the weather, but be sure to use a mouthguard when playing contact sports to protect your mouth. Even if you do a solo sport like mountain biking, downhill accidents often involved severe damage to the teeth and tongue — injuries that could be prevented with a custom-fitted mouthguard.
What should you do if you injure your mouth or break a tooth? Keep the Colorado Dental Arts number handy just in case. We are available to take emergency appointments and understand that unexpected things do happen!
Plan Ahead For Preventive Care
The start of the next school year seems a long way off, but summer will soon be gone! Plan now and contact our Littleton family dental office to schedule your family’s dental cleanings and exams. If you have been thinking about tooth whitening or other cosmetic dental procedures to improve your smile, now is a great time to call and schedule a consultation for you or your children. Meanwhile, follow good dental hygiene and eating habits while enjoying the Colorado summer!