When you take the time to consider that your teeth and gums are constantly under attack, it does make sense to do what you can to maintain a high level of oral hygiene, like what most families are doing. Summer months in do mean a slight shift in the environment for the teeth. With that in mind, here are a few useful tips on keeping the teeth in good shape during the summer months.
Don’t Crunch Ice
As silly as this might sound, many people break a tooth by biting down on a cube of ice. Some people do this habitually and like any other hard substance, it could crack one of your teeth very easily. We all use ice in our drinks in the summer and should you ever see your children doing this, explain how dangerous it is and ask them to refrain from crunching ice in the future. If you enjoy toffee or a well-done steak, great care should be taken when chewing, as any hard material can cause a cracked tooth. If you are in need of fillings, the cavity makes it even easier to crack a tooth, so make sure you have prompt treatment when you need a filling.
Brush After Every Meal
While this is important all year round, it is more necessary during the summer and by carrying a fold away toothbrush with its own little case, you can brush at any time. Even a snack can leave a lot of food particles trapped between the teeth and by brushing after every meal or snack, you are helping to maintain good oral hygiene.
Be Careful Playing Sports
A portion of missing teeth cases is caused by accidents while playing sports. If you play a contact sport, make sure you have a couple of gum shields in your kit bag and always be aware of protecting your face in a fall.
Use a Mouthwash
Aside from helping to keep your breath fresh, gargling with an antiseptic mouthwash will help to kill bacteria and this is advised when you are out in the hot and dusty wilderness. Next time you go on that camping trip, make sure you take along a bottle or two of mouthwash.
Visit your Dentist
Both summer and winter should include at least one dental examination, and if you happen to be looking for a good dentist a Google search will reveal the whereabouts of some dentists. Regular oral inspections help to avoid costly treatment, as any problems can be quickly diagnosed and treated.
Summer is a time for fun and activities in the sun, and it is also a time when you should give oral hygiene particular focus. Your dentist should give you an examination in the spring and if you get the green light, you can enjoy your summer, knowing you have strong and healthy teeth and gums.