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Tips From a Family Dentist for a Healthy Summer Smile
Summer is coming up and our family dentist has tips that will ensure your smile looks fantastic. The appearance of your teeth is one of the first things people notice about you during social interactions, so a healthy summer smile is just as important as a healthy summer body.
A family dentist share ways to keep your teeth healthy
Here are some simple ways to ensure your teeth remain healthy as you have fun during the summer months:
1. Stick to your routine
Patients are advised to continue doing the things that kept their teeth healthy before the summer months. That means brushing twice daily and using dental floss at least once each day. These simple things get rid of bacteria and food particles in the mouth. When left on teeth surfaces for long periods, oral bacteria feed on these particles and excrete enamel-damaging acids. These acids destroy teeth enamel and create cavities.
Cavities can lead to some pretty nasty toothaches most people would rather not deal with during their vacation.
2. Be smart about sugar
Most people enjoy sweet things. Unfortunately, sugar is one of the worst things a person can expose their teeth to. For one, it is an acidic substance, and it eats away at teeth enamel. In addition, the bacteria that live in the mouth absolutely love to convert it into other types of acids. It can lead to a person's teeth rotting away.
The problem is avoiding things that contain sugar is a lot easier said than done. Even products that most people think do not contain sugar actually have lots of it.
The key to preventing sugar from damaging teeth enamel is by limit the contact it makes with teeth. Instead of sipping a can of soda over the span of a few hours, try gulping it down quickly instead. Doing this keeps the time one's teeth are coated with sugar pretty short. Within minutes, saliva will wash most of it away.
Patients are also advised to avoid consuming sweet things before going to bed, especially if they have already brushed. This can leave teeth exposed to sugar for hours since saliva production is reduced during sleep.
3. Plan ahead
Patients who know their summer diet might not be best for their teeth should take preemptive action. A family dentist can coat the patient's teeth with sealants to protect them or perform fluoride treatments.
Those who want their smile looking its best should get their teeth cleaned and talk to their dentist about cosmetic treatments that can enhance their appearance of their smile. Cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening might require multiple sessions, so it is best to plan ahead.
Any dental issue a patient is dealing with should also be addressed then. That way, it does not prevent them from enjoying their summer.
Our family dentist will prepare your teeth for the summer
Planning on stuffing your face with lots of ice cream and cotton candy during the summer? Stop by our Huntington clinic to explore preventative treatments that protect your teeth.
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