You have all sorts of fun things planned for the summer. Whether you are just taking a weekend trip to see some family members or you have an elaborate beach vacation planned, you’re in for a fun time! It would be unfortunate if a preventable dental emergency got in the way of making exciting memories with friends and family. Continue reading to learn some tips for preventing dental emergencies this summer.
Excellent Oral Hygiene
It is crucial that you keep up an excellent oral hygiene routine in order to maintain good oral health. Make sure that you are brushing twice and flossing once every day. Another step to include is rinsing with a mouthwash. Schedule regular cleanings and checkups with a dentist every six months to ensure that your smile remains healthy.
Drink Lots of Water
Hydration is very important for your overall health so make sure that you are taking the time to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Fluoridated tap water is typically the best option for your smile. Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in rocks and leeches into groundwater. This helps to protect your teeth from decay. Fluoride is particularly helpful for younger children whose teeth are still developing.
Cut Back on Sugar
Summer is a time when it is easy to indulge in too much sugar. It is tempting to reach for a cola, lemonade, pina colada, popsicle, or ice cream cone. It is a good idea to save these sweet treats for occasion. If you are enjoying them too often, you could end up with enamel erosion, tooth decay, and extra time in the dental chair getting fillings.
Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools
Your teeth are intended to help you chew your food, keep your saliva in your mouth, and allow you to smile. They weren’t made for opening packages, crunching on ice, or biting your nails. You could end up with a broken tooth.
Use a Mouthguard
It’s crucial that you get exercise in order to keep your body healthy, but contact sports could lead to a dental injury. By wearing a mouthguard from your dentist, you can keep your head in the game without putting yourself at risk for a knocked-out tooth.
Take care of your oral health this summer. No one wants to end up with a painful dental emergency. By using the tips listed above, you can show off a healthy smile throughout the duration of your summer vacation!
About the Author
After completing his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida, Dr. Steven Crovatto earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree with honors from the University of Florida. He is also a past president of the Clay County Dental Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Orange Park, visit his website or call (904) 272-0800.