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Caring for your teeth in the summer

Summer is just around the corner and we’re already feeling the heat! We wanted to take a minute and share some quick ways to care for you and your family’s teeth this summer.

Cool Summer Treats

Popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt – all sound amazing on a hot day. But from a dentist’s perspective sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay, so make sure you’re enjoying these things in moderation. You can prevent cavities caused by summer treats by limiting your intake, and by rinsing your mouth with water or brushing your teeth after eating them.

Contact sports

If you or your kids are playing a high impact sport like football, soccer, or basketball then make sure you get the proper protection. Tooth damage and mouth injury are a risk, but you can mitigate the risk by wearing a properly fitted sports mouth guard while you play.

Ice cubes

An ice-cold drink on a hot summer day can be a great way to cool down. Be careful not to chew on the ice cubes. Even if you’ve been doing so for years without problems, chewing ice cubes can easily lead to a chipped or broken tooth.

Hydrating with teeth-healthy beverages

We all tend to need more hydration when it gets hot outside. Choose the right beverages to reduce cavity risk. Soda, sports drinks and fruit juice (even without added sugar), are some of the main sugary culprits that increase tooth decay, especially if you sip on them all day. Substitute water, sparkling water or unsweetened iced tea. Your body and teeth will thank you!

Are you due for a cleaning or checkup? Contact Us and schedule your next appointment!