Pool parties, road trips, and summer camps! Summer is the best! But all that fun in the sun can also pose risks for your dental health. Here’s what you need to know about summer fun and your teeth to keep your family smiling all summer long.
Summer Dental Appointments
Summer is a busy time and it’s easy to put things off. It’s important that you make sure not to neglect your dental cleanings and exams, though, so that things like cavities and gum disease can’t sneak up on you during those busy summer months.
Your dentist can advise you on how often you should schedule your cleanings and exams. In general, dentists recommend that healthy patients visit the dentist every 6 months, but more frequent visits might be recommended if you have a history of health conditions that could affect your dental health.
Summer Packing List
When you go out on summer adventures, whether it’s a trip to the local pool, a day at the beach, or a few days at a summer camp, make sure to add all your dental care essentials to your packing list! This should include your toothbrush, a fluoride-containing toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and dental picks. It can be helpful to dedicate a special case just for your dental care tools, so it’s easy to remember and fun to use.
Summer Snacks and Sweets
If you’re having lots of summer fun and your teeth begin to suffer, it’s just not worth it! Sweet, sugary treats are popular and it can be hard to remember to brush your teeth after a quick popsicle and smoothie when you just want to get back to having fun, but keeping your teeth healthy is important.
It’s helpful to try to avoid snacks and treats with added sugars or that are extra sticky or chewy. Instead opt for fresh, whole fruit and veggies. It’s also a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after snacks or drinks to help wash away any food debris or sugars until you can get a chance to brush your teeth again.
Summer Emergency Contact List
When you’re out and about having all that summer fun and your teeth begin to hurt, it’s important to have your dentist’s number on hand so you can call right away! If you experience any dental discomfort or trauma to your teeth or mouth (such as a broken or chipped tooth), don’t hesitate to call so that your dentist can help you find relief and get back to your summer fun as soon as possible.
Call our Downtown Family Dentistry, Tahlequah, OK, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.