The summer holidays are the ideal time to relax and set aside your daily obligations.
Because we tend to indulge in all the good things at this time of year, we should be extra cautious when it comes to caring for our health.
So, while you fill your days with sunshine and good times, here are a few ways to help you ensure that you leave enough room for your dental well-being.
1. Maintain your Daily Oral Care Routine
But… don’t overdo it
When you are brushing, don’t fall for the common misconception that vigorous is better. The truth is that overly aggressive brushing can damage tooth enamel, potentially resulting in tooth decay and gum disease.
Don’t brush immediately after eating
Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating. Tooth enamel can be in a weakened state after you eat, especially if your meal includes acidic foods or drinks. You can safely rinse your mouth with water right after a meal, but wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to allow your enamel enough time to toughen up again.
2. Be conscious of what you consume
We might be stating the obvious here, but avoid having sugary foods for prolonged periods of time; it increases your chances of gum disease and tooth decay. And remember, the stickier the treat, the more damaging it is to your teeth.
Biting into foods that are too hard can chip or crack a tooth, so opt for cutting these treats into smaller pieces, or dipping to soften them before eating.
If you simply must have something sweet, have it WITH (rather than after) your meal. The excess saliva your mouth naturally produces when you are eating a meal will help wash away sugar so it doesn’t linger on your teeth. Or have one dessert, and brush your teeth afterwards.
3. Snack smarter
When you eat, your body produces an acid that aids in the breakdown of food, and that acid is not ideal for tooth health. It’s best for meal times to have distinct beginnings and ends to allow for your teeth to get a break from this process.
Opt for Alternatives
Eat foods that are good for your teeth. Cheese contains natural cavity-fighting agents and vitamins that strengthen teeth.
Certain fruits “scrub” your teeth when you eat them. The natural fibers of the fruits combine with saliva in the mouth, and they help wash away food particles and stain-causing bacteria.
Similarly, crunchy vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and cucumbers can help clean your teeth and gums by removing food particles that can build up into plaque.
4. Mindful Hydration
Drink plenty of water. Water cleans the mouth and produces saliva that deposits essential minerals that build tooth enamel. Water also keeps gums hydrated and washes away food particles from teeth.
Avoid sugary and carbonated drinks. Or use a straw to avoid or decrease the acid and sugar reaching your teeth.
5. Don’t use your mouth as a tool
Save your teeth from chipping or cracking. Grab a bottle opener or pair of scissors. We’re sure they’re not that hard to reach 😉
Finally, don’t forget to book your pre- and post holiday dental and hygiene appointments. While the responsibility of daily care lies with us, the help and advice of a professional will go a long way.