The summer season is filled with delicious things to eat, from funnel cakes and other fair foods to candied apples and milkshakes made with fresh homemade ice cream. The warm weather means many of us will be eating outdoors, grabbing food on the go and spending time at backyard barbecues, but all those summertime treats can be bad news for your dental health.
The good news is that there are things you can do to protect your teeth from the ravages of summer. You do not have to deprive yourself or do without the sweet things summer has to offer, but making smart choices and limiting your consumption of sugary foods is always a good idea – not just in summer but all season long.
Put Oral Hygiene First
One of the smartest things you can do to protect your teeth this summer is to put oral hygiene at the front of your to-do list. If you know you will be out and about all day, pack a travel size tube of toothpaste and a small toothbrush in your pocket or purse.
Having the tooth care supplies you need will allow you to brush your teeth after that funnel cake at the fair or following that delicious homemade milkshake at your neighbor’s picnic. Brushing your teeth only takes a few minutes, but it could protect you from cavities and serious tooth pain later on.
Enjoy Natural Sweetness This Summer
The summer season is filled with all kinds of artificial delights, but some of the sweetest treats are all natural. As the summer heats up, you will find all manner of sweet delights, from fresh hand-picked strawberries to exceptional red watermelons, at your local roadside stand.
While these naturally sweet summer treats do contain sugar, it is not the refined sugar packed into cakes, pies and ice cream. You will still want to brush your teeth after eating, but sticking to natural sweets can protect your teeth, or at least mitigate the damage.
See Your Dentist
You should be visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and examinations at least once or twice a year, so make one of those visits during the summertime. Your dentist can give you pointers on proper tooth care and oral hygiene, as well as information on limiting sweets and protecting the enamel on your teeth.
You do not have to deprive yourself this summer or live without all the wonderful sweet things the season has to offer. If you want to protect your teeth, you just need to use common sense – and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.