Keeping Your Summer Cavity Free

Keeping Your Summer Cavity Free

By Dr. Matt Artho

Dentist and owner of
Country Lakes Family Dental
www.CountryLakesDental.com

As we come nearer to Independence Day, we take the time to appreciate and reflect on the many freedoms we have come to enjoy as a great nation. However, I can think of few freedoms that are enjoyable than being “cavity free”. So, here are a few tips for the summer to make sure you govern your habits dutifully to maintain your teeth’s independence.

  • Summer break allows for a variety of events that come with their own assortment of foods and drinks. Make sure that you make nutritious choices in food that minimize the exposure of your teeth to sugar and acid. Include fruits and vegetables into your diet and dairy products like milk and cheese that can help decrease your mouths acidity. Limit the frequency and duration of your snacking to allow your mouth time to naturally buffer out acid and sugar.
  • A good-rule-of-thumb, especially during Texas summers, is to drink plenty of water. Not only can water help keep you hydrated, it also will help lower your mouth’s acidity. It can also aid to wash away any sugary or acidic foods recently consumed.
  • With routines out of order, it can be easy to neglect the simplest oral health habits of brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing after every meal is ideal, but at the very least make sure to brush after breakfast and before bed. If traveling, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
  • Finally, make sure you schedule your dental appointments around holidays and vacations. It can be easy to forget about dental visits, but summer breaks are great opportunity to take advantage of free time for dental care.

I hope everyone enjoys a safe and eventful summer. Make sure you spend it well and wisely with friends and family. Happy smiling!


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