Tips for dental care during summer
The summer months are often a challenge for your dental health, and for that of your children. You’re spending time away from home on vacation, camping, and so on – so it’s harder to maintain your regular routine. Here are a few tips you can use to take better care of your teeth during the summer.
Dental care during summer: don’t stop brushing and flossing regularly
It may seem like a no-brainer, but many people slip out of their regular brushing schedule when they are away from the familiar routines of home. Even if you’re on vacation, roughing it in the woods, or hanging out at the lake for a weekend in the summer, bring along your toothbrush and toothpaste – and brush twice a day for at least two minutes.
You should also be flossing at least once per day or using mouthwash if you do not have any floss available. Floss picks and travel size mouthwash containers take up less space and are easier to pack in (and out) with you when you are away from home.
Dental care during summer: rinse your mouth or brush after eating sweet treats
S’mores, ice cream, popsicles, sugary summer drinks – chances are you’ll be eating quite a few sweet treats this summer. It’s a good idea to brush your teeth after eating sweets to remove the sugar and prevent tooth decay. But if that’s not possible, rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash can also help remove food and sugar from your teeth, and keep your smile healthy.
Flossing after eating is also important and sometimes necessary, especially if you’ve had food like corn which can become stuck between your teeth and cause gum irritation.
Dental care during summer: stay hydrated
Dehydration can cause low saliva production, which increases your risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues. Make sure you stay hydrated, especially on hot days!
Some experts recommended that you drink half your body weight (in ounces) of water daily. If you’re doing any kind of physical outdoor activity, you may need to drink up to a litre of water per hour, depending on how much you’re sweating. Listen to your body – if it’s telling you that you need water, you probably do! By the time you start to feel thirsty your body has already started to become dehydrated.
Avoid disappointment by following our dental tips!
Summer is short and you want to have fun but be sure to not spoil the fun by causing cavities! Dental care during the summer might seem like more work, especially while camping or while you’re away from your home, but if you follow our dental tips you may prevent future issues. Also, during the summer might be the perfect time to complete a routine mouth health check-up, so schedule yours and your family’s appointments now! Get in touch with Regent Avenue Dental Centre – or call us at 204.817.8915 – and get the treatment you and your children need for a healthier smile.