Summer is a time for celebrations, having fun and enjoying well-earned time off, so the last thing you want is to end up nursing dental injuries or toothache. This summer, take time to focus on your oral health and reduce your risk of dental troubles. Here are some really simple ways to boost your oral health and make sure this is a summer to remember for all the right reasons:
Prioritise oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene will always stand you in good stead when it comes to maintaining oral health, so step up your oral hygiene routine this summer for rapid results. Effective brushing and flossing will have a noticeable effect on the look of your teeth as well as helping to keep gum disease and decay at arm’s length, so make sure you dedicate two minutes each morning and evening to your teeth and learn to perfect your brushing technique. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste and using a brush with a small head to make gentle circular motions on every surface of the teeth.
Watch your diet
Summer is a time for sampling delightful food and drinks such as Pimm’s, strawberries and barbequed banquets, but spare a thought for your teeth as well as your taste buds. Cocktails, juices and smoothies may taste delicious, but they’re often packed with sugar and are usually acidic. If you’re planning to host a party or you’re a guest who intends to enjoy a few drinks, try to avoid fizzy pop and acidic juices, use a straw and alternate your drinks with a glass of water. Eating cheese with acidic drinks such as wine can also help to neutralise the acids in your mouth and reduce the risk of acid erosion.
Book a check-up
If you’re due a check-up, the summer holidays are the perfect time to visit your dentist. We recommend six-monthly checks for all our clients. Call today to get your appointment booked!