Summer! It’s the time of year when you plan awesome road trips to your favorite tourist destinations, get away for a weekend or two at the lake, and enjoy all the warmth and glory of summer sunshine. Unfortunately, it’s also the season when lots of people reach for lemonade, sports drinks, soda, and other sugary beverages in order to cool down. And let’s not forget about all the outdoor activities that could result in a dental disaster. How can you make sure that summertime treats and outdoor fun don’t ruin your teeth? Here are a few tips from your dentist in Mankato.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking enough water not only helps you stay hydrated, but it’s also essential for your oral health. It can keep your mouth moist and wash away sugar and acids that would otherwise cling to your teeth after you sip on a soda or indulge in an ice cream cone. Buy a sturdy reusable water bottle for everyone in your family so no one has to go without a convenient way to take in some much-needed H2O.
Stock Up on Healthy Treats
When you need a bit of refreshment, it’s too tempting to reach for a popsicle or glass of sugary lemonade. To save your teeth from these items, stock up on healthier snacks and beverages, such as:
- Water. You can keep a pitcher of water in your fridge so it’s always nice and cold.
- Iced tea. Iced tea with no added sugar is both refreshing and tasty!
- Fruit. Citrus fruits aren’t very good for teeth, but apples and strawberries are great choices for summertime snacking.
Schedule a Checkup With Your Dentist
When the kids are out of school, it’s the perfect time to plan dental appointments. A thorough cleaning and checkup will alert you to any budding oral health issues, and the dentist or hygienist will be happy to provide personalized tips on how to stick to a good oral hygiene routine throughout the summer.
Prevent and Prepare for Dental Emergencies
Summertime sports and playtime in the pool pose a danger to teeth. One hard hit could result in serious trauma to the mouth, which is why you should:
- Educate your kids on how to play safely, whether they’re splashing around in the pool or kicking a soccer ball around the yard.
- Purchase a custom mouthguard for anyone in your family who likes to play sports.
- Prepare a dental emergency kit just in case. This can include tooth preservation solution, some gauze, mild painkillers, and your dentist’s contact information.
Summer should be full of fun, relaxation, and healthy smiles. Please use the above tips so your teeth can get through this season without a hitch.
About the Dentist
Dr. James Kalina is your local family dentist in Mankato. He enjoys helping his patients protect their oral health. If you would like to start off the summer a fresh smile, please contact our office at 507-625-2021.