Have you been spending lots of time poolside, so far this summer? Perhaps the extra time you have had off work and the longer daylight hours you’ve been enjoying, have led you on adventures both near and far, soaking up the sunrays (safely) and, more importantly, the time with loved ones? What about preventive dentistry, though? Has your summer been filled with the usual level of care you show your oral health? Or have your vacation days turned into excuses to skip out on key preventive dental care, as well as work? If you are starting to get worried that you might be heading into the fall with cavities and other oral health threats, now is a wonderful time to learn what you could be doing to help better protect your smile, moving forward!
Simple Steps for Keeping Smiles Healthy
- Brush and floss your teeth, even while traveling, by keeping key hygiene items close-at-hand. Do so by packing your toothbrush, paste, etc. at the top of your suitcase, in a purse or carry-on bag, so they’re always nearby and you have no excuse to skip this key step, each day.
- Drinking water is one of the simplest and best things you can do for your smile. Not only does water help rinse food particles from the surface of your teeth and gums, it also helps you produce saliva which naturally fights plaque. So be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, always, but especially during the hot summer months. Both your body and your smile will thank you for your simple efforts.
- Scheduling dental appointments, like checkups and cleanings, over summer breaks is another great way to care for your smile, and to make the most of a looser schedule. For kids, in particular, it can be helpful to schedule preventive care while they’re on break from school. This way they don’t have to sacrifice any priceless learning in order to protect their oral health!