It doesn’t matter that we’re adults; there’s just something about summer that takes us back to the carefree days of childhood. It’s particularly easy to get swept up by the summer fun when we’re reliving it through the eyes of our own kids. Each summer, we enjoy later bedtimes (we’ve got to take advantage of those extra hours of sunlight), sleeping in, family vacations, and summer foods like corn on the cob, ice cream, and even S’mores! When we’re having such a good time with family and friends, it’s easy to forget about our health — particularly our dental health. Believe it or not, there could be several things you or your kids are doing right now that might damage your teeth. What are they?
- Drinking sports drinks — These drinks have two strikes against them: acidity, which wears down enamel, and sugar, which causes tooth decay. The combination creates the perfect opportunity for plaque bacteria to attack your teeth, which have been weakened by the acids in your beverage. The best course of action is to stick to water. If you simply have to have electrolytes, rinse your mouth with water after you finish sports drink.
- Eating junk food — We tend to be a little more relaxed with our diets (or those of our kids) during summer. Popsicles, ice cream, sugary cereals, and even chips can cause damage to our teeth. While you should certainly feel free to enjoy these treats in moderation, it’s also a good idea to keep a fridge and pantry stocked full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Skipping out on dental hygiene — When you’re exhausted from a long day in the sun, it’s so easy to dive into bed without brushing or flossing. What’s more, if you have a child who has fallen asleep, the last thing you want to do is wake them up for their nighttime dental health regimen. Because we do tend to enjoy junk food and sodas in the summer, it’s more important than ever to stick to your routine.
I hope your summer is full of opportunities to make memories with your friends and family members. While you’re enjoying the weather and the good company, remember to take care of your teeth and your body. If anything does happen to your beautiful smile this season, I’ll be right here to provide A+ care.
Best wishes for a happy summer,