Summer is often a carefree time. The kids are out of school; days seem longer, and you might have vacation and summer holiday plans. But just because it’s a relaxed time of the year does not mean you should neglect your dental health. Your dentists at Strathcona Dental Clinic want to remind you dental care is important any time of the year, and that includes summer.
Dental care could fall by the wayside for many reasons during the summer months. For instance, if you have children, summer often means your normal school year routine is on hold for a few months. Between days spent at the beach or pool and summer activities, it is especially easy for your kids to forget to floss or brush as often. It might take a few reminders to keep your kids on track, but it’s worth it to prevent dental problems from creeping up.
Summer may also be chalked full of parties, local fairs and family barbecues, which often includes lots of sugary foods and drinks. Ice cream, soda, popsicles and shaved ice might be tasty, but they are loaded with sugar. All that sugar helps bacteria create acid that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
But kids are not the only ones who have to pay attention to sugary treats. Colorful summer cocktails, such as margaritas and daiquiris can play havoc with your teeth since they also contain high amounts of sugar. You don’t have to forgo all summertime treats. But don’t go overboard. Also, rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking something sugary may decrease decay.
In addition to limiting how many sugary foods and beverages you eat and drink, there are additional things you can do to maintain good dental health during the summer. Consider the following:
Drink plenty of water: Water is important any time of the year. But in the summer, it’s easy to become dehydrated. Staying well hydrated helps your mouth stay healthy.
Protect your lips: The summer sun can be unforgiving on your lips. Skin cancer can occur on most parts of your body, and that includes your lips. Use a lip balm with at least an SPF of 15 when you spend time outdoors.
Keep a routine: Regardless of what activities you have going on for the summer, make sure you take a few minutes and stick to your dental routine including brushing and flossing.
Get a checkup: Schedule a routine checkup for you and your family right before summer at our Edmonton dental clinic. You don’t want to have to deal with cavities or a toothache while on vacation.
If you have any questions, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to help. Please call our dental office in Edmonton at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.